Yi T’aejun was once one in all twentieth-century Korea’s precise masters of the fast story—and a guy who in 1946 shocked his contemporaries through relocating to the Soviet-occupied northern quarter of his kingdom. In South Korea, the place he's recognized this present day as “one who went north,” Yi’s paintings used to be banned until eventually 1988. His momentous determination didn't lead him to a secure haven, although: notwithstanding before everything welcomed into the literary institution, North Korea despatched him into inner exile within the Fifties, and little is understood of his fate.
Dust and different tales offers a variety of Yi’s tales throughout time and position, showcasing an excellent stylist stuck up in the course of his era’s so much pressing ideological and aesthetic divides. This assortment unites his previous modernist masterpieces from the colonial period together with his little-known paintings penned in the course of North Korea’s founding years, delivering a unprecedented glimpse into the making—and crossing—of the border among south and north. through the turbulent ultimate years of jap rule, Yi’s based but subdued tales championed either his local tongue and the assumption within the potential of paintings. within the seriously politicized atmosphere of the North, his later works keep a religion within the artwork of storytelling and a priority for the disappearance of customs within the throes of modernization. all through either eras, Yi fascinated by traditional humans: outdated males suffering to appreciate a altering international, enthusiasts assembly up between historic ruins, a full of life widow specific by means of a literacy crusade, a bourgeois couple attempting to maintain themselves in the course of the conflict via breeding rabbits, and extra. Magnificently translated through Janet Poole, Yi’s paintings bears witness to international turmoil with a melancholic experience of putting up with beauty.
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