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Cho Hae-il

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Cho Hae-il
Occupation Novelist
Nationality South Korea
Period 1941-present
This is a Korean name; the family name is Cho.

Cho Hae-il (born Haeryong) (Hangul: 조) is a South Korean writer.

Life

Cho Hae-il was born April 18th, 1941 [1] in Manchuria and was originally given the name Haeryong, which means Sea Dragon in Chinese. [2]. After the liberation of Korea his family returned to Seoul and five years later the Korean war began. During the war his family joined the stream of refuges who retreated to Busan, only returning so Seoul in 1954 at the cessation of hostilities[3]. Cho entered Posong Middle School where, by his own admission, he had “the lowest scholastic achievements” [4]. At this school he entered the creative writing club. In 1960 he lived through the Student Revolution of April 19th, about which he said made him very proud for the achievements of others and very shamed for his own failure to participate[5]. In 1961 he entered Kyunghee University, where he majored in English literature and met Hwang Sunwon, one of the greatest Korea senior writers in Korea. Graduating in 1966, he served his mandatory military service in various roles. Upon his discharge from the service, he begins writing. When his writing career began to wind down in the late 80s, Cho moves to teaching creative writing at Kyunghee University. He married in 1972 and has one son[6].

Work

Cho made his literary debut with The Man Who Dies Every Day, which won first prize in the JoongAng Ilbo spring literary contest in 1970. Over the next few years Cho was quite prolific, publishing at least twelve short stories and the novella America between his first work and 1974. In 1976 Cho published The Winter Woman, which goes on to achieve massive success and makes Cho a popular writer, though he believes his fame to be undeserved[7]. From 1974 to 1986, Cho writes steadily, both short stories and newspaper serials. Cho’s work often focuses on the weaknesses of individuals and societies. His America (in English) tells the story of a man and local society deformed by the presence of US troops in Korea.[8] His short story The Iron Mask tells the story of a couple attacked, and the wife beaten, while The Psychologists explores the dynamics of violence in the confines of a bus[9].

Works in English

America

Works in Korean

America (collection)
The Children of God (novella)
The Winter Woman (serialized in the JoongAng Ilbo then published)
The Man on the Roof (serialized in the Seoul Sinmun)
Rainday (collection)
The Country that Never Was (serialized in the JoongAng Ilbo then published)
X (serialized in the Donga Ilbo then published)
The Seven Stories of Im Kockchong

References

  1. ^ Korean wiki: http://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EC%A1%B0%ED%95%B4%EC%9D%BC
  2. ^ America, by Cho Hae-il, Dongsuhmunhaksa Publishing, 1990. P. 102
  3. ^ America, by Cho Hae-il, Dongsuhmunhaksa Publishing, 1990. P. 102
  4. ^ America, by Cho Hae-il, Dongsuhmunhaksa Publishing, 1990. P. 102
  5. ^ America, by Cho Hae-il, Dongsuhmunhaksa Publishing, 1990. P. 102
  6. ^ America, by Cho Hae-il, Dongsuhmunhaksa Publishing, 1990. P. 104
  7. ^ America, by Cho Hae-il, Dongsuhmunhaksa Publishing, 1990. P. 103
  8. ^ http://www.ktlit.com/
  9. ^ America, by Cho Hae-il, Dongsuhmunhaksa Publishing, 1990. p. 100-101

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