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Catholics mourn Korean woman writer’s death
Park Wan-suh’s writings gave strength to poor people, says Seoul cardinalPark Wan-suh
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- January 24, 2011
Park Wan-suh whose novels criticize materialism and oppression against women, died from gallbladder cancer on Jan. 22. She was 80.
âPark was a representative writer and a great Catholic who showed good example,â said Father Matthias Hur Young-yup, public relations department director of Seoul archdiocese, while conveying Cardinal Cheongâs message.
Park had been loved by not only Catholics but all Koreans and her writings âgave consolation and strength to poor people,â Father Hur said.
Sister Claudia Lee Hae-in, a poet, said in an interview with a daily, that âParkâs writings were attractive and informed people of many things without using didactic styles.â She said she feels âdeep sorrowâ over the loss of a mentor.
Park who was born in 1931 wrote her first novel at 39. The Korean War (1950-1953) that caused her to drop out of university was the driving force which led her to enter the literary world.
Korean bishop grieves for the âguiltyâlawyer