Kim Jung-hyuk (author)
1971 (age 46–47)|
|Revised Romanization||Kim Jung-hyuk|
Kim Jung-hyuk is a Korean author and cartoonist who is regarded as one of the writers who will help usher in the future of Korean literature.
Born in Kimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province in 1971 Kim possesses a diverse resume, including writing professional book reviews for an online bookstore, handling DVDs for a bookstore that specializes in art, writing music columns for a pop culture magazine, and writing for a restaurant industry magazine. In addition to literature, he is interested in a wide range of fields, including movies, music, and food—those around him refer to him as an “everything-ist” rather than a “novelist.” Given his interest in drawing and car- toons, he drew his own illustrations for his story collections and works freelance as a cartoonist. It is perhaps for that reason that he referred to himself in the author’s note of Penguin News as a collection of countless Lego bricks.
Characters with unusual personalities or rare jobs also appear in his stories: a “conceptual inventor” who confines himself underground and invents useless concepts; a man who wanders in search of “Banana, Inc.” with a rough map left behind by a friend who committed suicide; a map surveyor who searches for his direction in life, using a wooden Eskimo map. While writing about trivial objects, unusual people, and unseen music, Kim Junghyuk has established himself as a writer who awakens readers to the warmth and importance of analog sensibilities in a digital age.
Kim's stories are considered on the outer fringe of Korean literature, and feature a nearly maniacal focus on the objects of his work. This focus on objects instead of characters is extremely unusual in Korean fiction. Kim Jung-hyuk always attempts to discover new approaches that no one else has delved into.
Works in Translation
- The Glass Shield
- 楽器たちの 図書館 (Japanese)
- J'etais un maquereau (French)
- La Bibliothèque des instruments de musique (French)
Works in Korean (Partial)
Short Story Collections
- Penguin News (2000)
- Library of Instruments (2008)
- 2008, his short story, “Offbeat D,” won the 2nd Kim Yujeong Literary Award.
- 2010 Munhak Dongne Young Artist Award
- 2011 Today's Young Artist Award
- 2012 Yi Hyo-seok Literature Award
- LTI Korea Author Database: http://klti.or.kr/ke_04_03_011.do# Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- "김중혁 " biographical PDF available at:http://klti.or.kr/ke_04_03_011.do# Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine.
- "수상내역". naver.com. Naver. Retrieved 21 June 2014.