From the reborn blog “Subject, Object, Verb” comes the news that Pyun Hye-young has won the 38th annual Yi-Sang Literary Prize, for her story, Monsoon. Monsoon tells the story of the difficult relationship between a couple that has lost their child.
Pyun Hye-young was chosen by a distinguished panel of judges lead by Seoul National University professor emeritus and critic Kwon-Young-min, and the panel also included such notable authors as Kyung-sook Shin (first female and Korean winner of the Man Asia Literary Prize for her best-seller Please Look After Mom) and Yoon Dae-nyeong (Author of Between Heaven and Earth)
Pyun is the author of four short story collections (Aoi Garden, To the Kennels, Evening Courtship, and As Night Was Passing) and two novels (Ashes and Red, and To the Western Woods). According to the Korea Times, Ashes and Red is scheduled for publication lter this year.
Two pieces of Pyun’s work are available in English. First is a translation by Sora Kim-Russell of Pyun’s short story “O. Cuniculi” on Word Without Borders (It is also interesting to read S K-R on the process of translation here). Second, is a translation of Mallow Gardens and Corpses (This is a PDF file hosted by Acta Koreana), translated by Cindy Chen.
Coverage in Korean can be found at Yonhap News.