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Translator, critic Hwang Hyun-san is dead at 73

Aug 09,2018
Literary critic Hwang Hyun-san, known as both a critic and a reliable French-Korean literary translator, died due to chronic disease on Wednesday at the age of 73.

Despite entering the field of literature in his mid-40s and having no experience of studying abroad, Hwang was recognized by one of Korea’s most famous literary critics, Kim Hyun (1942-90).

Hwang was highly regarded for his precise criticism of poems and his unique writing style.

The critic also discovered many young literary talents and poets and helped Korean literature develop in the 20th century.

Some of his translated works include “Le Petit Prince” (The Little Prince) and “Les Fleurs du Mal” (Flowers of Evil). His well-known written works are “A Well-Expressed Misfortune” and “The Night is the Teacher,” which sold over 50,000 copies.

Hwang taught French literature at a number of universities, including Kyungnam University, Kangwon National University and Korea University.

He was appointed as the chairman at the Arts Council Korea in late 2017.

In March, he stepped down from his position due to health issues.

The well-known translator received many awards in 2012, including the Palbong Literary Award, the Daesan Literary Award and the Beautiful Author Award which was presented to Hwang by fellow writers.

BY SUNG JI-EUN [sung.jieun@joongang.co.kr]