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My Innocent Uncle

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Publisher: , 2003.
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Ch’ae Man-shik is one of the great talents of modern Korean literature. His penetrating mind, command of idiom, utterly realistic dialogue, and keen wit produced a fictional style all his own. This volume contains three of his finest stories, two published during the Japanese colonial occupation of Korea (1910-1945) and one shortly thereafter. In each story the immediacy of the narrative makes us feel as if we are in the direct presence of a storyteller. “My Innocent Uncle” satirizes idealistic Korean socialists as well as opportunistic Koreans who ally with the Japanese colonizers for social and economic gain. “A Ready-Made Life” concerns the plight of the unemployed young intellectuals turned out by a modernizing colonial society—young men who perpetually make the rounds of publishing houses, pawnshops, and cheap bars. And “Once Upon a Paddy” suggests that Korean peasants under Japanese colonial rule were no worse off than they were during the Joseon kingdom (1392-1910).

Contains the stories

A Ready-made Life
My Innocent Uncle
Once upon a paddy

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