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Hwang Sunwŏn
The Moving Fortress
A Novel
Translated by Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia, & Ju-Chan Fulton

Hwang Sunwŏn’s The Moving Fortress (1972) is a panorama of Korea and Koreans coming to terms with the confrontation of tradition with modernity. In this sense it echoes such novels as Tanizaki Junichiro's The Makioka Sisters. By turns hard-boiled and lyrical, rooted in the workaday lives of slum-dwellers as well as the bizarre dreams of the affluent, alive with vibrant images of the metropolis of Seoul as well as the immemorial countryside, the novel epitomizes the rich variety of Hwang Sun-wŏn's art. To capture this variety Hwang employs a cinematic style, cutting rapidly from one scene to the next. Contemporary events, such as the demolition of a squatter neighborhood, as well as flashbacks to the Korean War, help to set the social and historical context of the novel.

2016, 322 pages
ISBN 978-1-937385-91-0 Paper $25
ISBN 978-1-937385-92-7 Cloth $38