Kim Un-su

Un-su Kim was born in 1972 in Busan. He studied Korean literature at Kyung Hee University, where he received his master’s degree. He made his debut in the fall of 2002 with the short story Easy Writing Lessons, and a year later won the Jinju News literary competition with Danbajlang Street. In 2006, his first novel, The Cabinet, was published, which was awarded the Munhakdongne Novel Prize, Korea’s most prestigious literary award.

In 2017, with the French translation of The Plotters, Un-su Kim began to gain international popularity. The book was also translated into English and became a best-selling thriller in the United States.

Kim’s books are quite surreal, filled with exaggerated characters. The Cabinet tells the story of people who, having lost confidence in the ever-changing world, decide to erase their memories and create new ones. And The Plotters (Polish: Likwidator) it is built on the assumption that a group of professionals was behind every key murder in history. The book is to be adapted into a movie directed by Hur Jin-ho. Hot Blood, which draws from the author’s biography, tells the stories of hooligans, loan sharks, sex workers and other shady types living on the beach in Busan.

Currently, Un-su Kim lives in Jinhae-gu, South Korea.

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