Korea expecting too much from its writers?
Illustration by Nam Kyung-don
Lee Sun-young holds Korea's writers to a high standard in a recent article for the Korea Herald, "The story of Korean fiction: Proud tradition, humble present" (October 23, 2015), observing not only that Koreans are reading many foreign novels this year, but that:
Korean fiction's poor performance this year is also attributed to the absence of new releases from the country's top-selling novelists such as Shin Kyung-sook, Park Wan-suh, Gong Ji-young and Hwang Sok-yong.I think that Park Wan-suh can be forgiven for offering no new releases this year, as she passed away nearly five years ago, on January 22, 2011.
Update: The online copy has deleted mention of Park Wan-suh, so here are photos of the hard copy, dated October 24-25: