• Writer

Cheon Myeong-kwan

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    1964 ~
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  • Cheon debuted in 2003 with the short story “Frank and Me.” Before becoming a writer, he worked for a movie production company and also wrote the screenplays for films like Gun and Gun (1995, 총잡이) and The Great Chef (1999, 북경반점). Although he wrote numerous screenplays and prepared to star in a few films himself, production on these movies was suspended. Although it was a bitter time of failure, it was no doubt an important period of his training and discipline as a writer.

    Cheon turned to writing fiction in an attempt to find another means of making money, spurred on by the words of his sibling who said that he should write novels instead of writing screenplays that would never be made into movies. The result was “Frank and Me,” an absurd and hilarious story about the narrator’s unemployed husband who goes to Canada to meet his cousin Frank and ends up meeting Frank, a Los Angeles gang leader. With this short story, he won the Munhakdongne New Writer Award. Only a year later in 2004, he won the 10th Munhakdongne Novel Award for his first novel Whale (고래), which spins a wry epic tale about a country girl who transforms into an entrepreneur in the city. Aging Family (고령화 가족), featuring a motley crew of family members, is narrated by a middle-aged son who has been unemployed for the past 10 years ever since his debut film flopped. With these two works, he jump-started his writing career, receiving widespread attention from critics and readers alike as a unique and invigorating presence in the Korean literary scene. My Uncle, Bruce Lee is a chronicle of an uncle as seen through his nephew’s eyes.


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  • Cheon a avoué qu'il s'était au début tourné vers l'écriture pour trouver de quoi vivre, mais il a fini par se lancer concrètement dans l'écriture sous les encouragements de son frère qu'il l'a toujours poussé à écrire des romans plutôt que des scénarios de films. C'est ainsi que Cheon publie sa première nouvelle Frank et moi, une histoire absurde et humoristique mettant en scène un mari au chômage qui pour rencontrer son cousin Frank se rend au Canada, où il se rend compte qu'il est devenu un chef de gang à Los Angeles. Avec ce court récit, Cheon a remporté le prix du nouvel écrivain "Munhakdongne", et un an plus tard en 2004, il remporte le 10e Prix du roman Munhakdongne pour son premier roman La reine de briques rouges. Avec ces deux ouvrages, il relance sa carrière d'écrivain, et commence à recevoir l'attention générale de la critique et des lecteurs2.Cheon a désormais quelques œuvres à son actif. Il a publié par ailleurs un volume de 11 nouvelles en plus de son roman La reine de briques rouges. Récemment, il s'est replongé dans l'écriture de scénarios plus que dans la littérature, mais il semble tout à fait clair qu'il est un conteur doué.


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Translated Books (12)

Book Proposals (3)

News from Abroad (16)

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