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Titel: Unbroken Spirits
Autor/en: Suh Sung
Autor/en: Suh Sung
Nineteen Years in South Korea's Gulag.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
20. Juli 2001 - kartoniert - 240 Seiten
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This is the remarkable and wrenching memoir of a South Korean dissident who was unjustly accused of spying for the North Koreans and jailed for nineteen years as a political prisoner. The updated English-language edition traces Suh Sung's experiences as a Korean citizen of Japan before his incarceration, his time in prison, and his subsequent release. Readers will be moved and awed by Suh's courage under torture and solitary confinement. This memoir is an invaluable document for all concerned about human rights and a moving testimony to one man's incredible determination.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Author's Preface to the English Edition Chapter 3 Translator's Note Chapter 4 Chronology Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 Frame-up Chapter 7 Trial Chapter 8 Prison Life-The 1970s Chapter 9 My Comrades-The Unconverted Prisoners Chapter 10 The Struggle against the System of Ideological Conversion Chapter 11 Mourning Chapter 12 The 1980s Chapter 13 Freedom
Suh Sung is professor of international studies at Ritsumeikan University.
A phenomenal best-seller in Japan, Suh Sung's memoir is at once a painstaking and painful description of prison life in South Korea during Park Chung Hee's dictatorial rule, and a memorable and moving testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit. Unbroken Spirits instructs, instigates, and inspires. I recommend it heartily. -- John Lie, author of Han Unbound: The Political Economy of South Korea Unbroken Spirits-Suh's pain-filled autobiography about his life in South Korea from 1971 to 1990, as a victim of abduction, torture and imprisonment from the age of 26 through to 45-documents a sordid yet important chapter in Korean history and tells an intriguing personal story. Pacific Affairs In a well-translated, informative and sometimes moving account, Suh Sung tells of his nineteen-year detention in South Korea's prisons... Despite its grim subject, the book has a warm, human heart, reflecting the endurance of its author... Very readable and highly recommended. -- Philip Gowman London Korean Links ... A well-translated, informative and sometimes moving account ... Despite its grim subject, the book has a warm, human heart, reflecting the endurance of its author. Along the way we learn interesting facts about Japanese discrimination against their Korean population in the post-war years, and we learn that Oh Dae-su's wall-punching exercises in Oldboy were not a perverse invention of Park Chan-wook: this is, or was, a fist-toughening practice widespread in Korea's prisons. Very readable and highly recommended. Korean Top News and Blogs, December 3, 2009 An extremely important account of the mood of injustice that prevailed in South Korea during the period of near-dictatorship in South Korea that lasted from 1948 to 1987. The experience of Suh Sung was one of the most egregious examples of injustice in that period. His story should be made known to the world. -- James B. Palais, University of Washington
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