Translated by: Bruce Fulton, Ju-chan Fulton
Publisher: Merwin Asia, 2012.
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How in Heaven’s Name is a microcosm of the uprooting and dislocation that have characterized much of modern Korean and East Asian history. It is based on the true story of several Korean youths who in the late 1930s were lured into the Japanese Imperial Army either through promises by the Japanese colonial overlords of a government clerkship upon discharge or by means of threats to transplant their entire families to colonial outposts in Manchuria.
Rather like Kim Young-ha’s Black Flower, How in Heaven’s Name explores a little known and almost unbelievable byway in the history of the Korean people. It’s not something that you could make up.
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