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  • Sunset
    English(English) Ebook

    Ch'ae Manshik / 채만식 / 2017 / literature > Korean Literature > History of Korean Literature, Literary Criticism > 20th century(‘10~’99)

    Ch'ae Manshik is one of the most accomplished modern Korean writers yet is underrepresented in English translation because of the challenges posed by his distinctive voice and colloquial style. Sunset: A Ch'ae Manshik Reader is the first English-language anthology of his works and features a variety of genres—novella, short fiction, anecdotal essay, travel writing, children's story, one-act play, three-act play, and roundtable discussion. This anthology moves beyond the usual "representative works" to provide a well-rounded selection of writing by one of Korea's most innovative and memorable voices, drawing on Ch'ae's ten-volume Complete Works. This edition also provides a comprehensive introduction outlining the limitations of existing approaches to Ch'ae. It contextualizes the anthology's contents both in terms of the author's career and the rich Korean tradition of intertextuality and intermediality that he reflects from the country's earliest times to the new millennium.

  • Peace Under Heaven
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    Chae Man-Sik / 채만식 / 2015 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century

    Originally published in Seoul in 1938, soon after the outbreak of the Pacific War, "Peace Under Heaven" is a satirical novel centering on the household of a Korean landlord during the Japanese colonial occupation. Master Yun, embodying the traditional ambitions of a standard Korean paterfamilias, by being projected fast forward into a modern urban environment, caricatures the increasing irrelevance of Confucian mores to 20th-century social reality. Depicting the anomic lives of the Yun household in colonial Seoul, Chase Man-Sik, one of modern Korea's best-known writers, uses black comedy to underscore the collapse of ritualistic traditional values in the face of capitalist modernisation. The decadence of the nouveau riche pseudo-aristocrat Master Yun is interwoven with insights into the customary bases of oppression of Korean women into the self-deceptions underlying collaboration by Koreans with the Japanese oppressor. The savage hilarity of Chae's style lends force and historical relevance to his insight into the attitudes of the milieu in which his narrative is set. URL: https://lti.overdrive.com/media/4115519?cid=37224

  • Three Paths
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    Chae Man-Sik / 채만식 / 2014 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century > 1910-1945

    Ch’ae Man-Sik (1902 – 1950) was born in Okgu, North Jeolla Province in 1902. His pen names are Baek-reung and Chae-ong. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time such as “My Innocent Uncle” (1938), Turbid Waters (1937-1938), Peace Under Heaven (1938), Frozen Fish (1940), and the play The Legend of the Mantis (1940), among others. His artistic world puts emphasis on reflecting and criticizing the reality of his day.  

  • The Cuckoo
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    Chae Man-Sik / 채만식 / 2014 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century > 1910-1945

    Ch’ae Man-Sik (1902 – 1950) was born in Okgu, North Jeolla Province in 1902. His pen names are Baek-reung and Chae-ong. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time such as “My Innocent Uncle” (1938), Turbid Waters (1937-1938), Peace Under Heaven (1938), Frozen Fish (1940), and the play The Legend of the Mantis (1940), among others. His artistic world puts emphasis on reflecting and criticizing the reality of his day.  

  • Transgressor of the Nation
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    Chae Man-Sik / 채만식 / 2014 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century > 1910-1945

    Ch'ae Man-Sik is considered to be one of the most emblematic novelists of the Japanese colonial period in Korea. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time. Transgressor of the Nation is a novella that was serialized in the magazine, Baik Min, from 1948 to 1949. This is the author’s self-reflection on his involvement in pro-Japanese activities, and at the same time, an apologia against the wholesale punishment of people who collaborated with the Japanese without specific consideration that pertained to each complex case.

  • Frozen Fish
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    Chae Man-Sik / 채만식 / 2013 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century > 1910-1945

    Ch'ae Man-Sik is considered to be one of the most emblematic novelists of the Japanese colonial period in Korea. He produced works that authentically showcased the social realities and conflicts of the time. The title Frozen Fish depicts Joseon intellectuals that were unable to live autonomous lives due to Japanese oppression during the 1940s when the Japanese Empire’s nationalist, fascist system kicked into full swing. In the story, protagonist Moon Dae-yeong meets a Japanese woman, Sumiko, by chance. His fondness for her develops into a love affair, and in the end, they go their separate ways, with Dae-yeong returning home to his wife.

  • Peace Under Heaven
    English(English) Ebook

    Man-sik Ch'ae / 채만식 / 2013 / literature > Korean Literature > Korean Fiction > 20th century

    This is the first English translation of a much beloved satirical novel.