The Martyred

The Martyred Written in a mood of total austerity and yet the passion of the book is perpetually beating up against its seemingly barren surface I am deeply moved Philip Roth During the early weeks of the Korean W

  • Title: The Martyred
  • Author: Richard E. Kim Susan Choi Heinz Insu Fenkl
  • ISBN: 9780143106401
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written in a mood of total austerity and yet the passion of the book is perpetually beating up against its seemingly barren surface I am deeply moved Philip Roth During the early weeks of the Korean War, Captain Lee, a young South Korean officer, is ordered to investigate the kidnapping and mass murder of North Korean ministers by Communist forces For propag Written in a mood of total austerity and yet the passion of the book is perpetually beating up against its seemingly barren surface I am deeply moved Philip Roth During the early weeks of the Korean War, Captain Lee, a young South Korean officer, is ordered to investigate the kidnapping and mass murder of North Korean ministers by Communist forces For propaganda purposes, the priests are declared martyrs, but as he delves into the crime, Lee finds himself asking What if they were not martyrs What if they renounced their faith in the face of death, failing both God and country Should the people be fed this lie Part thriller, part mystery, part existential treatise, The Martyred is a stunning meditation on truth, religion, and faith in times of crisis.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    1. Một nhóm 14 mục sư ở Bình Nhưỡng, ngay trước thềm cuộc chiến tranh Triều Tiên, bị Cộng sản Bắc Hàn quây bắt, tra tấn: 12 người bị xử bắn, 2 người sống sót quay về: 1 phát điên, 1 cương quyết không tiết lộ cho ai việc gì đã xảy ra. Nếu tóm gọn toàn bộ “Chúa đã khước từ,” của nhà văn Hàn Kiều Richard E. Kim xuất bản năm 1964, từng gây ra những cơn sóng lẫy lừng trong lòng giới ph [...]

    2. Một cuốn sách nhiều tham vọng và đặt ra rất nhiều câu hỏi thuộc phạm trù đạo đức mà có lẽ mỗi người sẽ có câu trả lời cho riêng mình. Là một người vô thần, mình rất sợ những cuốn sách liên quan đến tôn giáo vì sợ kinh thánh :P, nhưng cuốn này không trích kinh thánh quá nhiều nên không có bị dội.Bài dài hơn ở đây: docsach/2017/06/25/chua-d

    3. Man, oh man, this is one of those crushingly beautiful novels that just flattens the reader. It's a dogged, spiritual/political crisis set into words, a simple exercise in the vagaries and tumultuous upheavals of human nature writ large.Superficially, it's about the early months of the Korean War when the South made some considerable gains and captured Pyongyang. This has little to do with anything, though the Chinese advance to recapture the capital later adds a degree of tension to the novel's [...]

    4. Richard E. Kim's The Martyred was published to great sales and acclaim in 1964. It dominated the bestseller list, earned comparisons to Camus and Dostoevsky, and boasted blurbs from Pearl S. Buck and Philip Roth. Kim was born in what is now North Korea in the 1930s, in the waning days of Japanese domination of the peninsula, and he fought on the side of the south during the Korean War. In 1955, he came to the U.S and studied history, political science, writing, and Asian languages and literature [...]

    5. Được kể lại bằng một giọng nói khắc khổ và ngột ngạt, Richard E. Kim đã mang tôi đến ranh giới giữa đức tin và lòng hoài nghi, thách thức chúng trong những giờ phút tuyệt vọng và cùng quẫn nhất của những con người sống trong thời chiến. Nhiều lúc tôi cảm thấy rất khó chịu khi cầm quyển sách lên vì giọng văn ấy, nhưng cho đến phút cuối, tôi đã có thể dần nghiệm ra được phần nào [...]

    6. Kim keeps one's interest all the way through this well thought out tale. His writing, like Joseph Conrad's is particularly noteworthy since English isn't his first language.

    7. Richard E. Kim. ¿Dónde está la verdad?No debemos confundir Los mártires de Pyongyang con una novela negra. Cierto que el género amplía sus límites y que cada vez entran cosas más increíbles, al calor de las modas o las circunstancias, pero la novela de Richard E. Kim cumple cincuenta años y está tan cerca del género negro como del bélico, aunque en realidad allá donde se instala es en el drama existencial y el misterio de Dios. Porque sí, en cierto modo, esta es una novela negra s [...]

    8. How wonderful to have this book back in print! It was a best-seller in 1964, but then disappeared like a rock under the waves thereafter.The reasons are several, and the introduction explains to a new generation of readers some of the how and why.The book bears a dedication to Albert Camus, and is clearly in the style of his novels of the 1950s that raised so many philisophical and moral questions.Kim's book disappeared because as the American involvement in Vietnam deepened, Korea became all th [...]

    9. This book was one of the ones I read during my vacation in the last two weeks. I'm so glad I took seriously the recommendation to read it. It's a moving tale of the kinds of choices Christians are still forced to make in war zones -- confess Christ and die or deny Christ and live. But beyond that, it's a tale of grace, mercy, love and the hope that keeps us all going.This volume also contains two excellent introductory essays, giving Richard Kim's place in the history of (Korean-) American lette [...]

    10. Unhesitantly, THE MARTYRED is one of the greatest war stories I have read. Philip Roth nails it on the head with "the passion of the book is perpetually beating up against its seemingly barren surface." That's exactly it. Through the ruins, through the quiet snow, the characters' hearts beat and struggle on. At once a sorrowful ode to how atheists and the religious survive the absurd meaninglessness of war, a treatise on how doubt makes us human, and a beautiful commentary on propaganda. I defin [...]

    11. This book blew my mind. I'm amazed it is out of print and hasn't been rescued by Asian American literary studies. A tautly written and absolutely cutting investigation into the questions of morality, humanity, justice, and truth set in the context of a proxy-war--only the "proxies" have their own demons to battle, as well.

    12. Who is the martyr and who is the brtrayer? I read this book at least three times: once in Korean, one more time in Korea translated by Edward Kim himself then in original English. Every time I read, one thing strikes me, "What is truth? What do we know about it?"

    13. Rate: ***1/2I'm not sure it's because I know about the Korean War (I was born and raised in Korea for quite awhile) but this book made me think a lot

    14. Brilliant. A novel with a complex thought-provoking look at the role of religion in the crises of the Korean War.

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