In this long-awaited collection of the poetic writing of Korea's leading literary spokesperson, three prolific literary translators have gathered poems from many of the author's 135 published books. Born in 1933 in southwestern Korea, Ko Un is recognised as one of the most notable Korean writers alive and has on several occasions been nominated and shortlisted for the Nobel Prize for Literature. As the translators note in their introduction, 'Ko Un is like a force of nature'.
The most noted contemporary Korean poet, Ko Un has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and is recognized as one of the most important of living poets. Green Integer published selections from Ten Thousand Lives to great acclaim in 2005.