Publisher: archipelago books
Pub. Date: Jan. 2005
Hardcover: 476 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 8.27 x 6.77 x 1.38
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About This Book
Translated by Yu Youngnan, this family novel remains one of the most important milestones in the history of Korean fiction. Serialized between January and September in 1931 in the major Seoul daily, The Chosun Ilbo, "Three Generations" [Samdae in Korean] charts the tensions among three generations of the Jo family in the 1930s when Korea was under Japanese colonization (1910-1945). The first generation is manifested by the Confucian grandfather while the middle-aged son represents the transition from traditional Korea to modernity; the grandson represents the last generation deep in the throes of Japan's colonization. Yom's keen observations deftly reveal the conflicts between traditional, colonial and modern values with profound insight. The main characters in this novel are not those involved in an exciting, whirlwind adventure, but are situated domestically in a severe family feud. At the heart of the tension is money, but behind the conflict lies the problem of societal values, exacerbated by love affairs and ideological issues. Delving deeply into each character's history and beliefs, Yom illuminates the diverse pressures and impulses that cause family strife, presenting a microcosm of Korea's modern history. Touted as one of Korea's most important works of fiction, this Korean classic also brings forth larger issues at hand, including the harshness of Japanese rule, the traditional Korean family structure, political movements in the 1930s and the struggle between tradition and modernity.
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