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Novelist Ma Kwang-soo found dead

By Lim Jeong-yeo

Published : Sept. 5, 2017 - 16:12

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Famed novelist Ma Kwang-soo was found dead at his residence in Seoul on Tuesday.

His body was discovered by his family around 1:50 p.m. at his house in Yongsan-gu. A will was found next to him leaving his belongings to his family.

Ma Kwang-soo (Yonhap) Ma Kwang-soo (Yonhap)

The police are treating the case as a suspected suicide.

Ma, 66 was a former professor of Korean literature at Yonsei University. He gained public recognition with his sexually explicit novels, including “Happy Sara,” for which he served an eight-month prison term for obscenity in late 1990s.

His term in the prison crippled his academic reputation and pension plans, pushing him into disadvantageous economic situations.