The Curious Tale of Mandogi's Ghost Paperback / softback
by Sok-pom Kim
Part of the Weatherhead Books on Asia series
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press
- Publication Date: 03/09/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780231153119
- Hardback from £46.45
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