Park Min-gyu (b. 1968) grew up in the industrial town of Ulsan, before moving to Seoul to study creative writing at Chung-Ang University. After stints in the shipping and publishing industry, Park debuted in 2003 with two novels: The Sammi Superstar’s Last Fan Club, about fans of a mediocre baseball team, and Legend of Earth’s Heroes, a parody of the superhero genre. Both works were widely acclaimed by readers and critics, who praised in particular his unconventional narratives that were laced with irony, keen sense of humor, imaginative word play, and emotive lyricism. Park has since gone to published many books and stories, including the short story collections Castella (2005) and Double (2010) and the novels Ping Pong (2006) and Pavane for a Dead Princess (2009). His works have garnered several awards, including the Munhakdonge New Writer’s Award, Hankyoreh Literary Award, Yi Hyo-seok Literary Award, Hwang Sun-won Literary Award, and Yi Sang Literary Award. His full-length works in translation include Pavane for a Dead Princess (Dalkey Archive, 2014) in English, and Pavane pour une infante défunte (Decrescenzo éditeurs, 2014) and Ping-Pong (Editions Intervalles, 2016) in French, and El último club de fans de los Sammi Superstars (Filodecaballos, 2016) in Spanish.