The Red Room: Stories of Trauma in Contemporary Korea

Translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton
Foreword by Bruce Cummings
Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2009

9780824833978P“The characters, and the settings, in these stories are Korean. However, thanks to superb translations by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton, the stories themselves are universal. They expose the devastating impact traumatic experiences have on an individual’s judgment, moral compass, and self-image long after the traumatic episodes themselves (in these stories, during the Korean War and Kwangju massacre) have faded into history. Historians often are so captivated by the Big Picture that they forget the impact of historic events on the individuals who were caught up in them. The Red Room takes us inside the heads of the traumatized, reminding us that traumatic events such as civil war damage even innocent bystanders for decades afterwards.”—Don Baker, University of British Columbia