It was announced today that Ludmila Ulitskaya became a winner of the 2012 Park Kyung-ni Prize, a global literary award established in 2011 to honor the spirit of the late Korean novelist Park Kyung-ni. For reference, the other 2012 finalists were US American author, poet, and activist Alice Walker, British Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie, and Russian writer Vladimir Makanin.

Park Kyung-ni (or Pak Kyong Ni) (1926-2008) was a prominent South Korean novelist regarded as one of the most famous and respected writers in South Korea. Park opened Toji Culture Center on the spot of her original home in Wonju, Gangwon Province, in 1999, and served as a chairperson of the board of trustees of the Toji Culture Foundation established in 1996.

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