Pyun Hye-young

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Pyun Hye-young
Born 1972
South Korea
Occupation Author
Language Korean
Nationality South Korean
Period 1972–present
Genre Modernist
Pyun Hye-young
Hangul 편혜영
Revised Romanization Pyeon Hye-yeong
McCune–Reischauer P'yŏn Hyeyŏng

Pyun Hye-young (Hangul편혜영, born 1972) is a South Korean writer.[1]


Pyun Hye-young was born in Seoul in 1972.[2] She earned her undergraduate degree in creative writing and graduate degree in Korean literature from Hanyang University. After receiving these degrees, Pyun worked as an office worker, and many office workers appear in her stories.[3]


Pyun began publishing in 2000 and published three collections of stories, Aoi Garden, To The Kennels, and Evening Courtship as well as the novel Ashes and Red. In 2007, To the Kennels won the Hankook Ilbo Literary Award, in 2009 the short story O Cuniculi won the Yi Hyo-Seok Literature prize and then the Today’s Young Writer Award in 2010, while in 2011 Evening Courtship won the Dong-in Literary Award.[4] Her works have several themes including alienation in modern life, an apocalyptic world, and they are often infused with grotesque images. The novel Ashes and Red explores irony and the dual nature of humanity [5]

Works in English[edit]

Works in Korean (partial)[edit]

Fiction collections
  • 《아오이가든》(문학과지성사, 2005)
  • 《사육장 쪽으로》(문학동네, 2007)
  • 《저녁의 구애》(문학과지성사, 2011)
Long fiction
  • 《재와 빨강》(창비, 2010)
  • 《서쪽 숲에 갔다》(문학과지성사, 2012)


  • 2007 40th Hankook Ilbo Literary Award for her collection To the Kennels
  • 2007 제5회 자랑스런 문화인상
  • 2009 제10회 이효석문학상
  • 2010 제18회 오늘의 젊은 예술가상(문학부문)
  • 2012 42nd Dong-in Literary Award
  • 2014 48th Yi Sang Literary Award[6]


  1. ^ "Pyun Hye-young" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at:
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  5. ^ Witness to Solitude: Novelist Pyun Hye-young, by Yang Yun-eui LIST Magazine, Vol. 12, Summer 2011
  6. ^ 제38회 이상문학상 대상에 소설가 편혜영. Yonhap January 13, 2014 (korean).

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