The novel "Land" written by Ri Ki Yong between 1948 and 1949 describes the great socio-economic change in the countryside of Korea and the new growth of farmers in the latter half of the 1940s.
It consists of two parts--"Reclamation" (1948) and "Harvest" (1949).
The first part "Reclamation" writes that the hero Kwak Pa Wi, who had to undergo bitter hardships because he did not have his own land, comes to enjoy a genuine life as the master of the land after the country's liberation, leads the farmers to reclaim the marshland forsaken for thousands of years and turns it into a fertile paddy field.
The second part "Harvest" shows that the hero rallies his villagers and devotes himself to building a new Korea and in the course, grows to be a member of the Workers' Party of Korea and a deputy to the Provincial Assembly. Kwak Pa Wi, together with his villagers, destroys the sabotage and subversive activities of the landlords and reactionaries and devotes himself to reap a rich harvest and has a reunion with his sister he parted with before liberation.
The novel ends with the fact that the hero who grew to be a reliable core official of the countryside takes part in a meeting held in Pyongyang and makes a firm resolve to do better farming in the future with the excitement of having seen the great leader Kim Il Sung he had revered so much.
The novel transforms into typical images the patriotic enthusiasm and creativity of the farmers who became the masters of the land and the country thanks to the favour of Kim Il Sung and gives an artistic picture of the great significance and vitality of the agrarian reform.
The novel settles conflicts and human relations to reflect the reality of Korea realistically and truthfully at that time and describes the course of the then historic change in a wide-ranging and profound epical picture. It also gives a truthful and realistic picture of the individual characteristics of figures of different classes and strata and the farm life and makes a good use of the national characteristics in describing nature and using words.
It is the first novel which dealt with the course of democratic reforms in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the latter half of the 1940s.