Hong Sok-jung

Hong Sok-jung (Korean홍석중), born in Seoul in 1941, is a North Korean writer. He is the grandson of novelist Hong Myong-hui.

Hong Sok-jung
Revised RomanizationHong Seokjung
McCune–ReischauerHong Sŏkchung

Sok-jung moved to North Korea with his family after the Second World War. He served in the Korean People's Navy, and obtained a degree in literature at Kim Il Sung University. His first published work was a short story, "Red Flower", in 1970. In 1979, he joined the Central Committee of North Korea's official literary organisation, the Joseon Writers' Alliance.

In 1993, he published his most successful work, Northeaster, an epic novel. In 2002, he published Hwang Jin-i (Korean황진이), a historical novel set in the sixteenth century, which depicts courtesan Hwang Jin-i's discovery of the people's starvation and encounters with corrupt officials. Hwang Jin-i was awarded South Korea's Manhae Literary Prize (Korean만해문학상) in 2005 - the first time it had been awarded to a North Korean writer. An excerpt from the novel was translated into English and published by Words Without Borders (WWB) in Literature from the "Axis of Evil" in 2006.

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  • Br. Anthony of Taizé, introductory remarks to the excerpt of Hwang Jin-i, in Literature from the "Axis of Evil" (a Words Without Borders anthology), ISBN 978-1-59558-205-8, 2006, pp.99–101.