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The golden phoenix : seven contemporary Korean short stories
Sŏ, Chi-mun.
Publication Information:
Boulder, CO : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999.
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pages cm
General Note:
"A three continents book."
Introduction: a context for Korean fiction / Suh Ji-moon -- The golden phoenix / Yi Mun-yol -- The girl from the wind-whipped house / Yun Hu-myŏng -- The sunset over my hometown / Yi Mun-ku -- The mural / Kim Yŏng-hyŏn -- The flower with thirteen fragrances /Ch'oe Yun -- The monument intersection / O Chŏng-hŭi
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PL984.E8 G65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A collection of seven short stories providing a picture of Korean family life in the 1940s to the 1990s. Their themes include family and community ties, respect for tradition, survival in the face of repeated national disasters, and wrenching social upheaval.

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Choice Review

Among the best translations of modern Korean fiction to arrive via a UNESCO program 20 years ago was Han Mal-suk's fascinating tale "Mr. Kim, the Bohemian Minstrel," which proved a minor smash with US students of Asian studies. Nowadays, strong work arrives regularly from the Koreans, yet some time has elapsed since Anglophone readers have encountered the like of the bittersweet Mr. Kim. The Golden Phoenix rectifies this situation. Ably translated by Suh Ji-moon (editor/translator of The Rainy Spell and Other Korean Stories, London, 1983), these stories are notable for their "plain taste" aesthetics--the spartan element that captivated Western readers of "Mr. Kim." Suh's excellent selection spans 30 years, and each story presents a detailed study of moral character in Korean culture. Only "The Rainy Spell" has appeared before in English, and all the stories reflect the ever-changing status quo of post-civil war Korea. For example, the title story explores the contradictions within classical Confucian master-student relationships--even as modern life steadily diminishes the importance of traditional artistic mastery. In the collection's most notable work--Kim Yong-hyon's "The Mural"--a weary painter stands as emblem for the handful of Korean intellectuals who stood as heroes against scarcely imaginable government savagery. A deeply convincing collection; highly recommended for all collections. T. Carolan; University of Phoenix