Who Ate Up All the Shinga?: An Autobiographical Novel

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

byWan-suh ParkTranslated byYoung-nan Yu, Stephen Epstein

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Park Wan-suh is a best-selling and award-winning writer whose work has been widely translated and published throughout the world. Who Ate Up All the Shinga? is an extraordinary account of her experiences growing up during the Japanese occupation of Korea and the Korean War, a time of great oppression, deprivation, and social and political instability.

Park Wan-suh was born in 1931 in a small village near Kaesong, a protected hamlet of no more than twenty families. Park was raised believing that "no matter how many hills and brooks you crossed, the whole world was Korea and everyone in it was Korean." But then the tendrils of the Japanese occupation, which had already worked their way through much of Korean society before her birth, began to encroach on Park's idyll, complicating her day-to-day life.

With acerbic wit and brilliant insight, Park describes the characters and events that came to shape her young life, portraying the pervasive ways in which collaboration, assimilation, and resistance intertwined within the Korean social fabric before the outbreak of war. Most absorbing is Park's portrait of her mother, a sharp and resourceful widow who both resisted and conformed to stricture, becoming an enigmatic role model for her struggling daughter. Balancing period detail with universal themes, Park weaves a captivating tale that charms, moves, and wholly engrosses.

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Park Wan-suh is a best-selling and award-winning writer whose work has been widely translated and published throughout the world. Who Ate Up All the Shinga? is an extraordinary account of her experiences growing up during the Japanese occupation of Korea and the Korean War, a time of great oppression, deprivation, and social and polit...

Park Wan-suh broke into Korea's literary scene in the 1970s and in 1981 received the prestigious Yi Sang award for her novel Mother's Stake. Her prolific career includes more than 150 short stories and novellas and close to twenty novels, many of which have topped best-seller lists and have been adapted for the screen. Her works in tr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Days in the Wild2. Seoul, So Far Away3. Beyond the Gates4. Friendless Child5. The Triangle-Yard House6. Grandmother and Grandfather7. Mother and Brother8. Spring in My Hometown9. The Hurled Nameplate10. Groping in the Dark11. The Eve Before the Storm12. Epiphany

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A deeply moving, warm personal tale.