Cover, Title page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-v

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Foreword

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pp. vii-xii

The Korean War was clearly a war, but what kind? The official view insists it was a war of aggression, with all blame going to the Russians and the North Koreans. According to this point of view, the war began on June 25, 1950, when the North invaded the South, an open-and-shut case of ...

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In the Realm of the Buddha

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pp. 1-24

The candles were 120 wŏn a box and the longevity incense 100. I decided to play dumb. I produced 200 wŏn, then snapped my purse shut. “That’ll be another twenty wŏn please.” “Really, mister, these candles go for a hundred everywhere else.” I put on the straight face I wore when I bargained down ...

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Spirit on the Wind

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pp. 25-135

Dinner was over, the meal table back in the kitchen. No more dishes clattering, no more water running from the faucet. But where was my wife? As I lay on my side in our living room watching the news, a pillow wedged under my arm, the soft footsteps from the veranda and then the opening and ...

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The Red Room

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pp. 123-190

“So, what’s new? Anything different . . . ? Don’t hold your breath.” I’m flipping through the newspaper. The world is the same today as it ever was. You take the most commonplace occurrences and report them in commonplace, reassuringly soporific language, and there ...

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Afterword: Trauma in Contemporary Korean Fiction

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pp. 191-195

The symptoms of what we understand today as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were identified in writing at least as early as the publication in 1920 of Sigmund Freud’s Beyond the Pleasure Principle, part of which is devoted to trauma. But not until 1980 ...