There a Petal Silently Falls: Three Stories by Ch'oe Yun

There a Petal Silently Falls: Three Stories by Ch'oe Yun

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by Ch'oe Yun
     
 

ISBN-10: 023114296X

ISBN-13: 9780231142960

Pub. Date: 05/15/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Ch'oe Yun is a Korean author known for her breathtaking versatility, subversion of authority, and bold exploration of the inner life. Readers celebrate her creative play with fantasy and admire her deep engagement with trauma, history, and the vagaries of remembrance.

In this collection's title work, There a Petal Silently Falls, Ch'oe explores both the

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Ch'oe Yun is a Korean author known for her breathtaking versatility, subversion of authority, and bold exploration of the inner life. Readers celebrate her creative play with fantasy and admire her deep engagement with trauma, history, and the vagaries of remembrance.

In this collection's title work, There a Petal Silently Falls, Ch'oe explores both the genesis and the aftershocks of historical outrages such as the Kwangju Massacre of 1980, in which a reported 2,000 civilians were killed for protesting government military rule. The novella follows the wanderings of a girl traumatized by her mother's murder and strikes home the injustice of state-sanctioned violence against men and especially women. "Whisper Yet" illuminates the harsh treatment of leftist intellectuals during the years of national division, at the same time offering the hope of reconciliation between ideological enemies. The third story, "The Thirteen-Scent Flower," satirizes consumerism and academic rivalries by focusing on a young man and woman who engender an exotic flower that is coveted far and wide for its various fragrances.

Elegantly crafted and quietly moving, Ch'oe Yun's stories are among the most incisive portrayals of the psychological and spiritual reality of post-World War II Korea. Her fiction, which began to appear in the late 1980s, represents a turn toward a more experimental, deconstructionist, and postmodern Korean style of writing, and offers a new focus on the role of gender in the making of Korean history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231142960
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2008
Series:
Weatherhead Books on Asia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

There a Petal Silently FallsWhisper YetThe Thirteen-Scent FlowerAfterword

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