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여생

여생
Original work 餘生
Author Wuhe
Translator 문희정
Publisher ZMANZ
Publication year 2015
   Page 462
Language Korean
ISBN/ISSN 979-11-304-6519-7
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Wuhe, the pen name of Chen Kuo-cheng, was born in 1951. Deeply influenced by modernist aesthetics and nativist concerns, his work is well known for being experimental, avant-gardist, eccentric, and self-reflective in the literary circle of Taiwan. The Remains of Life, published in 2000, exemplifies Wuhe’s writing style. The novel deals with the Musha Incident, which took place in 1930 in Nantou, Taiwan. Different interpretations of the Musha Incident coexist due to different perspectives and different historical records, but one thing is for certain: the Incident turned into a massacre of Taiwanese aboriginals by the Japanese troops. During the years of 1997 and 1998, Wuhe travelled to the area where the survivors of the Incident were forced to live. Based on his fieldwork in the area, Wuhe completed his full-length novel Remains of Life, a novel presented in only one long paragraph. The narrator portrays the survivors and their remains of life without providing the ultimate conclusion about the Musha Incident. In fact, Wuhe not only presents diverse interpretations of the Incident but devotes considerable time to the art form of the novel. The distinguished scholar of Chinese literature David Der-wei Wang considers him “the new beginning of Taiwan literature in the new millennium.”

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