Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9782360570768
Collection: L’Asiathèque Littérature
13.5 x 21.5 cm
Weight: 320 gr
Pages: 264
First publication: 02/06/1982
Last printing: 03/2016

Histoire de dame Pak

Roman coréen du XVIIIe siècle
bilingual Korean-French

Translation: Marc Orange

The novel presented here is set against the backdrop of Korea in the first half of the 17th century, subjected to the Manchu invasions. Facing this tragic situation stands Lady Pak, a heroine afflicted with repulsive ugliness because of the faults committed in her past lives. By her intelligence, her mastery of magical processes and her superhuman powers, she alone will be able to save the country. An adventure novel with astonishing feminist overtones, the Pak-ssi ch˘on - Story of Lady Pak - is a classic still celebrated today in Korea, North and South. This 18th century work is anonymous, as is the case for most of the novels published in Korea at the time of the Yi dynasty (1392-1910), This text, originally published by L'Asiathèque in 1982, has undergone an in-depth review by its translator, Marc Orange. It is further followed by a facsimile reproduction of an edition of the novel in Korean, composed vertically and from right to left.

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Marc Orange

Marc Orange, the translator, is an eminent Koreanologist. Holder of a postgraduate doctorate (Far Eastern Studies, Korean Literature), director of the Institute of Korean Studies at the College de France (1992-2002), he received the prestigious 2013 Sejong Award.