My Very Last Possession and Other Stories
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My Very Last Possession and Other Stories

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An anthology of ten short stories by one of Korea's foremost living writers. Pak Wanso is the author of five novels, including The Naked Tree, and of several best-selling volumes of short prose. Her works have sold millions of copies in Korea, where the public and critics alike have applauded Pak as a masterful realist.The literary world of Pak depicts the trials of the Korean War and the subsequent three decades of upheaval during which Korea was transformed from a military dictatorship and an agriculturally based society to an urban industrialized, albeit troubled, democracy. Pak offers a searching woman's perspective on radical changes in Korean family structures and social values, exposing the cruelty and hypocrisy of Korea's Confucian traditions, which have subjugated women for centuries. Her realistic prose also portrays the dehumanizing impacts of the capitalist market order that characterizes Korea today.

With rich insight, Pak presents moral ambiguities inherent in Korea's society today and encourages her readers to question the injustices that prevail in the more impersonal and often alienated world emerging in a "globalized" Korea.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 236 pages
  • 152.91 x 231.65 x 14.73mm | 340g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765604299
  • 9780765604293

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This is an anthology of ten short stories by one of Korea's foremost living writers. The literary world of Pak Wanso depicts the trials of the Korean War and the subsequent three decades of upheaval during which Korea was transformed from an agricultural to an urban industrial society, in the process casting off a repressive military dictatorship and becoming a modern, if troubled, democracy. Pak affords a searching woman's perspective on radical changes in Korean family structures and social values that have unfolded in the course of the country's wrenching transformations. Exposing the cruelty and hypocrisy of Korea's Confucian traditions, which have subjugated women for centuries, her realistic prose also insightfully analyzes the dehumanizing impacts of the capitalist market order that characterizes Korea today.

Without succumbing to overly simplistic nostalgia for the past, Pak leads her readers to grasp the moral ambiguities and to question the injustices that prevail in the more impersonal and often alienated society presently emerging in a "globalized" Korea.
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Table of contents

Introduction; She Knows, I Know and Heaven Knows; Butterfly of Illusion; Farewell at Kimpo Airport, Mr Hong's Medals; Thus Ended my days of Watching over the House; A certain Barbarity; Encounter at the Airport; Granny Flowers in those Heartles Days; Three Days in that Autumn, My Very Last Possession.
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