Born in Sangju in Gyeongsang Province, he started writing novels after publishing his short story collection, Absurdities Live There. His short story collections include Thus Spoke Hwang Man Geun, Songs that Mother Played for Me, and Muiri-do uiri-do eopsi. His novels include Fugitive Yi Chi-do, Human Strength, The One Love, Pomp and Circumstance, and Invisible Man. His essay collections include While Dancing Merrily, Picnic, A Camera that Jokes, and Sword and Rapture. Recently, Song published Where are You Going, Mr. Fish?, a travel essay collection, as well as The King is Doing Fine, a new novel. Song is the recipient of literary prizes including the Korea Daily Literature Award, Dong-seo Literary Award, Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award, Dong-in Literary Award, Hyundae Literary Award, Oh Yeong-su Literary Award, and Yosan Literary Award.