Sunset: A Ch'ae Manshik Reader by Manshik Ch'aeSunset: A Ch'ae Manshik Reader by Manshik Ch'ae

Sunset: A Ch'ae Manshik Reader

byManshik Ch'aeTranslated byBruce Fulton

Hardcover | June 6, 2017

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Sunset: A Ch'ae Manshik Reader is the first English-language anthology of works in a variety of genres-novella, short fiction, conte, anecdotal essay, travel writing, children's essay, one-act play, three-act play, and roundtable discussion-by an individual Korean writer. Ch'ae Manshik is one of the most accomplished writers of modern Korea yet is underrepresented in English translation because of the challenges posed by his distinctive voice and colloquial style.

This anthology moves beyond the usual "representative-works" reception of Korean authors, both in Korea and abroad. It draws on Ch'ae's ten-volume Complete Works to offer a more well-rounded selection of writing by one of modern Korea's most innovative and memorable voices. This edition also provides a comprehensive introduction outlining the limitations of existing approaches to Ch'ae. It contextualizes the anthology's contents both in terms of the author's career and the rich Korean tradition of intertextuality and intermediality that he reflects from the country's earliest times to the new millennium.

Ch'ae Manshik (1902-1950) published his first story in 1924, at the age of twenty-two, and went on to publish many other works, in a variety of genres, until his death in 1950.
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Title:Sunset: A Ch'ae Manshik ReaderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231181000

ISBN - 13:9780231181006

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Sunset2. In Three Directions3. Ungrateful Wretch4. Skewered Beef5. Egg on My Face6. A Writing Worm's Life7. Travel Sketches8. Challenges Facing Today's Writers9. Yujong and I10. Whatever Possessed Me? A Play in One Act11. Juvesenility12. A Man Called Hungbo13. My "Flower and Soldier"14. The Grasshopper15. A Three-Way Conversation on Kungmin Literature16. Mister Pang17. Blind Man Shim: A Play in Three Acts18. Angel for a Day

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Sunset: A Ch'ae Manshik Reader, is a remarkable, indispensable addition to the growing English-language canon of modern Korean literature, masterfully selected and translated, once again, by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton. Eighteen works by a virtuoso writer of satire, Ch'ae Manshik, published between 1924 and 1960, give us an extraordinary insight into various aspects of the Korean peninsula's modernity, through Ch'ae's signature style that vaunts darkly humorous and penetrating critique of all things and every viewpoint.