Jung-Myung Lee

Jung-Myung Lee is the author of Painter of the Wind (tr. Hannah Pang and Stella Kim). The original Korean novel has sold over a million copies in South Korea and was adapted into a successful TV series. A celebrated writer of historical fiction, Lee’s books have sold millions in South Korea. Other books he has written, which have been translated into English, include The Boy Who Escaped Paradise and The Investigation, which was nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

“(Jung-myung) Lee’s nuanced depiction of love, longing and greed, and wonderful characters, who are rich with motivations, aspirations, hopes and fears, make this a work of art. The novel (Painter of the Wind) lingers on in the mind and heart long after the last page.”

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5, Straits Times, 8 April 2023

“Most of my works take shape over an extended period,” said Lee. “Readers might assume that writers get a sudden burst of inspiration one day, like a light bulb moment, but my writing process starts from a tiny ember.”

Korea Herald, 21 May 2023