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The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost
by Cindi Textor


Overview - 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 tells the story of Mandogi, a young priest living on the island of Cheju-do.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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 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 Japanese colonialism's outsized impact on both ruler and ruled. A central work of postwar Japanese fiction, The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost relates the trauma of a long-forgotten history and its indelible imprint on Japanese and Korean memory.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780231153119
  • ISBN-10: 0231153112
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 114
  • Reading Level: Ages 22-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.36 x 5.58 x 0.43 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.42 pounds

Series: Weatherhead Books on Asia

Related Categories

Books > Literary Criticism > Asian - Japanese
Books > History > Asia - Korea
Books > History > Asia - Japan

 
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