Reflections on a Mask: Two Novellas
Author: Choe In-hun
Translators: Stephen Moore & Shi C. P. Moore
Order No. 1011
5.5 x 8.5, Paperback
258 pages, 2002
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Reflections on a Mask explores the disillusionment and search
for identity of a young man in the post-Korean War era. A war veteran
and writer, Min finds his life unfulfilled until he stumbles upon
a mysterious organization that offers a procedure to aid in his
search for his true nature. In the resultant hypnotic journey to
a mythical Indian kingdom, Min pursues a warrior princess, whose
"mask" he must take as his own.
Christmas Carol uses the themes of hope and salvation to examine relationships within a patriarchal Korean family, with clashes among traditional and modern values, including Western religion, as a backdrop. Three vignettes provide provocative, at times humorous, insights on the bond between father and son; two episodes explore the hollowness of religious sanctity during the post-war curfew.
Born in what is now North Korea, Ch'oe In-hun is one of South
Korea's most highly acclaimed and respected authors. His literary
career has spanned five decades, and his many novels and short stories
command a wide readership. Ch'oe's writings mostly deal with his
own experiences during the Korean War, the issue of divided families,
the problems that have arisen from the division of Korea, and the
hope for eventual unification. He was nominated by his literary
colleagues as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.
Stephen Moore is a retired Foreign Service officer
who has a Master's degree in Korean Studies. He has been involved
with Korea during much of the past three decades. Shi Chung
Park Moore is an accomplished author with more than 30
short stories and seven novels published in her native Korea.