Author: D. Green (Montclair NJ) ..
Mark Driscoll provides us with a look at life during the pre-World War II years in Korea during the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945) through his translation of Yuasa Katsuei's two novels Kannani and Document of Flames which were orginally published in 1934 and 1935 respectively. Not only are the translations good but Driscoll has included a brilliant introduction and afterword that provides a rich context, background, and tells of the circumstances under which the two novels were written and tells why Japanese colonial literature and detailed histories are hard to find (especially in English). One reason being that the view of history was, for lack of a better term, altered at the beginning of the end of WW II and during the U.S. Occupation after the war during the budding Cold War years. Driscoll also tells us a little bit about the author, Katsuei, who was born in Japan, but was raised and educated in Korea. And how Katsuei's view that was not in favor of the union between Japan...