There A Petal Silently Falls

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Ch'oe Yun is a Korean author known for her breathtaking versatility, subversion of authority, and bold exploration of the inner life. Readers celebrate her creative play with fantasy and admire her deep engagement with trauma, history, and the vagaries of remembrance.In this collection's title work, There a Petal Silently Falls, Ch'oe explores both the genesis and the aftershocks of historical outrages such as the Kwangju Massacre of 1980, in which a reported 2,000 civilians were killed for protesting government military rule. The novella follows the wanderings of a girl traumatized by her mother's murder and strikes home the injustice of state-sanctioned violence against men and especially women. "Whisper Yet" illuminates the harsh treatment of leftist intellectuals during the years of national division, at the same time offering the hope of reconciliation between ideological enemies. The third story, "The Thirteen-Scent Flower," satirizes consumerism and academic rivalries by focusing on a young man and woman who engender an exotic flower that is coveted far and wide for its various fragrances.Elegantly crafted and quietly moving, Ch'oe Yun's stories are among the most incisive portrayals of the psychological and spiritual reality of post-World War II Korea. Her fiction, which began to appear in the late 1980s, represents a turn toward a more experimental, deconstructionist, and postmodern Korean style of writing, and offers a new focus on the role of gender in the making of Korean history.

Author Biography

Ch'oe Yun is professor of French literature at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.

Table of Contents

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Religion and the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson, by Thomas E. Buckley Religious Writings of Thomas Jefferson
Religion and the Presidency of James Madison, by Garrett Ward Sheldon Religious Writings of James Madison
Religion and the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, by Andrew R. Murphy Religious Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Religion and the Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, by Gary Scott Smith Religious Writings of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Religion and the Presidency of Harry S. Truman, by Elizabeth Edwards Spalding Religious Writings of Harry S. Truman
Religion and the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, by Jerry Bergman Religious Writings of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Religion and the Presidency of John F. Kennedy, by Thomas J. Carty Religious Writings of John F. Kennedy
Religion and the Presidency of Jimmy Carter, by Kenneth E. Morris Religious Writings of Jimmy Carter
Religion and the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, by Paul Kengor Religious Writings of Ronald Reagan
Religion and the Presidency of George H. W. Bush, by Kjell O. Lejon Religious Writings of George H. W. Bush
Religion and the Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton, by Gast=n Espinosa Religious Writings of William Jefferson Clinton
Religion and the Presidency of George W. Bush, by David Aikman Religious Writings of George W. Bush
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