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“Home,” which came out in 1926, is a concise portrait of colonial Korea. This short work summarizes Korea of the 1920s, when the Japanese Empire’s colonial exploitation of the peninsula had reached its full stride, by focusing on one unique character. The narrator is seated in a train car with a man dressed in an unusual set of clothes and in short order learns that he had left his home village for Manchuria and then moved on to Japan before returning to Korea to search for work in Seoul. His impoverishment and misery serve as a dramatic allegory for the impact of Japanese colonialism on Korean life.

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