The Descendants of Cain

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The Descendants of Cain (카인의 후예) is a novel by Hwang Sun-won (황순원).

Published in 1954 in Seoul, it was instantly popular and has continued to be a steady seller ever since. It was selected by LTI Korea for translation into English and French.

Set in 1946, the novel's central theme is the forced collectivization of agricultural land in North Korea, a national crisis that altered the path of the history of Korea.



  • Sun-won, Hwang. (1997). The Descendants of Cain. Trans. Suh Ji-Moon and Julie Pickering. Chicago: East Gate Book. ISBN 0-7656-0137-0.