ISBN13:978-0765601377 ISBN10: 0765601370 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0765601360 ISBN10: 0765601362
Summary: Hwang Sun-won, perhaps the most beloved and respected Korean writer of the twentieth century, based this extraordinary novel on his own experience in his North Korean home village between the end of World War II and the eve of the Korean War when Korea had been divided into North and South by its two "liberators" -- the United States and the Soviet Union. In this story the Soviet-backed communist party, using the promise of land reform, sets people at one a
nother's throats. Portrayed here is an entire community caught in a political and social firestorm that brings out the selfishness, cruelty, and ignorance of simple people, but also shows their loyalty and nobility. Compelling here, too, are a heroine who represents the "eternally feminine" for all Korean men, and the setting, the harsh political, psychic and physical landscape of rural postwar North Korea rarely glimpsed by the outside world. Hwang Sun-won is an artist of consummate delicacy and subtlety, and his writing is marked by keen psychological insight and steely asceticism.
Summary: Hwang Sun-won, perhaps the most beloved and respected Korean writer of the twentieth century, based this extraordinary novel on his own experience in his North Korean home village between the end of World War II and the eve of the Korean War when Korea had been divided into North and South by its two "liberators" -- the United States and the Soviet Union. In this story the Soviet-backed communist party, using the promise of land reform, sets people at one another's throats. Portrayed here is an entire community caught in a political and social firestorm that brings out the selfishness, cruelty, and ignorance of simple people, but also shows their loyalty and nobility. Compelling here, too, are a heroine who represents the "eternally feminine" for all Korean men, and the setting, the harsh political, psychic and physical landscape of rural postwar North Korea rarely glimpsed by the outside world. Hwang Sun-won is an artist of consummate delicacy and subtlety, and his writing is marked by keen psychological insight and steely asceticism. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:97 Cover: Paperback Publisher:East Gate Book Published: 09/30/1997 International: No
''With consummate skill the author depicts the effect of social upheavals in sharp, telling vignettes, often conveying a stirring tale in a single paragraph. ... Readers acquainted with Hwang's work will recognize much in addition to his humanism that is familiar in The Descendants of Cain, including incisive psychological portrayal, the sparse, careful deployment of symbols, and an understated style that leaves the narrative interstices burgeoning with meaning. ''It is always a pleasure to welcome further translations of Hwang Sun-won, especially when, as in this case, the rendering, a collaboration by two experienced translators, is not only eminently readable but also manages to convey the flavor of Hwang's stark prose. The novel can be highly recommended: it fills out social background in unobtrusive fashion and captures dramatically a crucial period of Korean history; its brisk pace and relatively low cost make it an ideal text for university courses in Korean Studies.''
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