River of Fire and Other Stories

O Chonghui is an immensely accomplished author, having won both the Yi Sang and Tongin awards, Korea s most prestigious prizes for fiction Translations of her works into Japanese, English, French, and other languages have earned her international acclaim, generating comparisons with Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, and Virginia Woolf O Chonghui crafts historically rootedO Chonghui is an immensely accomplished author, having won both the Yi Sang and Tongin awards, Korea s most prestigious prizes for fiction Translations of her works into Japanese, English, French, and other languages have earned her international acclaim, generating comparisons with Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, and Virginia Woolf O Chonghui crafts historically rooted yet timeless tales imagining core human experiences from a female point of view Together with Pak Wanso Park Wan suh , she formed a powerful challenge to the conservative literary establishment in Korea, becoming one of the most astute observers of its society and the place of tradition within it.These nine stories range from O s first published work in 1968 to one of her last publications in 1994 Her early stories are compact, often chilling accounts of family dysfunction, reflecting the decline of traditional, agrarian economics and the rise of urban, industrial living Later stories are expansive, weaving eloquent, occasionally wistful reflections on lost love and tradition together with provocative explorations of sexuality and gender O makes use of flashbacks, interior monologues, and stream of consciousness in her narratives, developing themes of abandonment and loneliness in a carefully cultivated, dispassionate tone Her nameless narrators stand in for the average individual, struggling to cope with emotional rootlessness and a yearning for permanence in family and society Arguably the first female Korean fiction writer to follow Virginia Woolf s dictum to do away with the egoless, self sacrificing angel in the house, O Chonghui is a crucial figure in the history of modern Korean literature, on par with Kim Sowol, Hwang Sunwon, and Yi T aejun.
River of Fire and Other Stories O Chonghui is an immensely accomplished author having won both the Yi Sang and Tongin awards Korea s most prestigious prizes for fiction Translations of her works into Japanese English French and

  • Title: River of Fire and Other Stories
  • Author: Oh Jung-hee Bruce Fulton Ju-Chan Fulton
  • ISBN: 9780231160667
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Although she is one of the most revered figures in contemporary Korean literature, not much of O Chonghui's impressive oeuvre is available to an English-speaking audience. It is indeed a pleasure to have access to nine of her short stories in the collection River of Fire and Other Stories, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton and published as a part of Columbia University Press's Weatherhead Books on Asia series in 2012. River of Fire and Other Stories comprises of nine short stories written o [...]

    2. O is a stunning and profound challenge to a patriarchal literary establishment. Her stories detail the mundane and domestic scenes of women, children, the elderly--those who usually play the background characters to literary traditions--her prose paints impossible lyrical landscapes ("our relationship was like stagnant water--stale, peaceful") that are skillfully translated by Bruce and Ju-chan Fulton. Ambiguous, emotionally deficient snapshots reveal truths of human experience.It's hard to choo [...]

    3. River of Fire and Other Stories is a collection of nine short stories by Korean writer O Chonghui (also spelled Oh Jung-hee). This anthology was published in English in 2012, but the stories were written from the 1960s to the 1990s, so they vary in style and the protagonists range widely in age. Thematically, many of the stories deal with bored couples, or lonely women in unfulfilling, physically isolating relationships. Another theme of the collection is the relationship the female protagonists [...]

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