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Jo Kyung-ran / 조경란

Jo Kyung-ran (조경란)

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JO Kyung-ran
Born December 0, 1969 (age 42)
Occupation Novelist
Nationality South Korea
Period 1969-present
This is a Korean name; the family name is “조”.

Jo Kyung-ran (born 1969) (Hangul: 조경란) is a South Korean writer.


Jo Kyung-ran was born in Seoul in 1969 [1] where she went on to study creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts [2], but did not decide to become a writer until she turned 28.[3] Jo lived in Bonngcheon-dong for nearly 20 years in a small rooftop apartment which her father built for her.[4] She made her literary debut in 1996 with the short story, French Optical which won the Donga-Ilbo Prize. [5] Internationally famous, she is a speaker in demand for conferences, having appeared at “Beyond Borders: Translating and Publishing Korean Literature in the U.S.” in New York in 2009 [6] and more recently at The Seoul International Forum for Literature 2001.[7]


Jo’s work is famous for taking trivial, mundane, and everyday occurrences and delicately describing them in subtle emotional tones. [8] Her work has won the Munhakdongne New Writer Award, the Today’s Young Artist Award, The Contemporary Literature Award (for the 2003 novella A Narrow Gate), and the Dong-in Literary Award. [9] and Her work has been translated into French, German, and English. [10]


Works in English


Works in Korean (Partial)

French Optical
My Purple Sofa
Looking for the Elephant
The Ladle Story
I Bought a Balloon
Time for Breaking Bread