The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost by Sok-pom Kim

The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost

bySok-pom Kim, Cindi Textor

Kobo ebook | October 6, 2010

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A central work of postwar Japanese fiction, The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost incorporates Korean folk tales, ghost stories, and myth into a phenomenal depiction of epic tragedy. Written by a zainichi, a permanent resident of Japan who is not of Japanese ancestry, the novel inventively imagines a long-supressed event in Japanese colonial history-the Cheju Uprising of 1948-and captures in style and substance the predicament of Koreans living under Japanese rule.

Kim Sok-pom tells the story of Mandogi, a young priest living on the island of Cheju-do. Mandogi becomes unwittingly involved in the Four-Three Incident of 1948, in which the South Korean government brutally suppressed an armed peasant uprising and purged Cheju-do of communist sympathizers. Although Mandogi is sentenced to death for his part in the riot, he survives (in a sense) to take revenge on his enemies and fully commit himself to the resistance. Mandogi's indeterminate, shapeshifting character is emblematic of colonialism's outsized impact on both ruler and ruled. One of the most significant zainichi novels to date, The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost relates the trauma of a long-forgotten history and its indelible imprint on Japanese and Korean memory.

Kim Sok-pom (b. 1925) was born in Osaka, Japan, to Korean parents who emigrated from the island of Cheju-do. He is best known for his seven-volume fictional work, Kazanto (Volcano Island), which centers on the Cheju Uprising of 1948.Cindi Textor is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University ...
Title:The Curious Tale of Mandogi's GhostFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 6, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231526725

ISBN - 13:9780231526722

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An inventive, startling novel that casts light on a suppressed moment in history. Kim Sok-pom, one of the foremost zainichi (Japanese resident) Korean writers of the postwar period, explores the troubled boundaries between south and north Korea, colonialism and postcolonialism, history and its haunted memories.