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The Last of Hanako
The Last of Hanako
The Last of Hanako
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Product Description
Author: Ch'oi Yun
Publisher: Jimoondang
Pub. Date: Jan. 2003
Paperback: 116 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 7.5 x 4.75 x 0.25

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About This Book

"The Last of Hanako" employs keen irony to expose hollow stereotypes of women. The city of Venice provides an exotic landscape for the novel, casting the male protagonist's provincialism and narrow-mindedness in stark relief. Choi's strikingly original stories, set as far afield as Venice and Paris, transcend the historical realities of politics after Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Set against the backdrop of underground political activities during the Park Chung Hee regime in the 1970s, "The Gray Snowman" demythologizes the dissident movement and focuses on the plight of the outsider. A young woman from the countryside unwittingly becomes involved with a group of men in Seoul who print anti-government documents. The title resonates with suggestions of not only the Korean masses (traditionally clothed in white) but also the psychological burdens and the numbness resulting from political oppression. The color gray here suggests a tarnishing of youthful aspirations as well as the shadowy existence of dissidents and other marginal figures. Choi writes convincingly from the viewpoint of both men and women and approaches the upheavals of contemporary Korean history through the eyes of such unconventional protagonists as a riot policeman and an inarticulate laborer. Her debut novel, "There a Petal Silently Falls," was inspired by the Gwangju massacre of 1980 and still remains as one of the most important works of contemporary Korean fiction. 

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