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Peace Under Heaven: A Modern Korean Novel : A Modern Korean Novel - Man-Sik Chae

Peace Under Heaven: A Modern Korean Novel

A Modern Korean Novel

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1993
ISBN: 9781563241123
Number Of Pages: 272

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Originally published in Seoul in 1938, soon after the outbreak of the Pacific War, "Peace Under Heaven" is a satirical novel centering on the household of a Korean landlord during the Japanese colonial occupation. Master Yun, embodying the traditional ambitions of a standard Korean paterfamilias, by being projected fast forward into a modern urban environment, caricatures the increasing irrelevance of Confucian mores to 20th-century social reality. Depicting the anomic lives of the Yun household in colonial Seoul, Chase Man-Sik, one of modern Korea's best-known writers, uses black comedy to underscore the collapse of ritualistic traditional values in the face of capitalist modernisation. The decadence of the nouveau riche pseudo-aristocrat Master Yun is interwoven with insights into the customary bases of oppression of Korean women into the self-deceptions underlying collaboration by Koreans with the Japanese oppressor. The savage hilarity of Chae's style lends force and historical relevance to his insight into the attitudes of the milieu in which his narrative is set.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Master Yun's Route Homep. 3
Getting a Free Ride: a Feat of Skillp. 12
The Festival of Great Singers in The Countries of the Westp. 20
Let Everyone Else Go to Hellp. 28
A Slum of the Heartp. 50
Reports from the Front Linep. 70
And Oxen Breed Iron . .p. 84
Three Old Coins and . .p. 95
Frugality for Its Own Sakep. 112
An Anecdote of No Significancep. 124
A Surplus of People And A Shortage of Goodsp. 151
A Brief History of The Universal Tradep. 177
Seek Not Far for the Agent Of Your Doomp. 235
Glossaryp. 243
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ISBN: 9781563241123
ISBN-10: 1563241129
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 31st May 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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