[Short Fiction Series 19]
A satirical portrayal of a generational conflict between father and son, The Chronicle of Manchwidang tells the story of one man? obsessive quest to hang on to his family home. Consumed by a legend that identifies his former residence as being located on a ‘propitious site sure to produce three ministers of state,’ the father comes to believe that the house is the key to making his son a high-ranking government official. The son, however, has ideas of his own, ultimately rejecting both his father’s plans and the demands of the strict workplace hierarchy to which he is expected to conform. The story ends on a tragic note: when the father is finally able, he returns to his hometown to reclaim his house, only to find that the entire area has been designated as an industrial complex and that the village itself is fated to disappear from the face of the earth.
The Chronicle of Manchwidang won the 20th Tongin Literature Award.