All In Good Storytime

category: Literature

Page Seventeen--Conscience

10/8/2017

In the 17th episode of All in Good Storytime, we continue reading Human Acts by Han Kang as translated by Deborah Smith. We begin by discussing the influence of censorship on the survivors of the Gwangju uprising. We talk about different responses to censorship and the effects they have on highlighting the nature of an oppressive regime. We touch on the recurring theme of how survivors deal with trauma while examining an editor's response to police brutality and a former prisoner's reflection on his past torture. Finally, we share our thoughts on how the children's defeat was due in part to how compassionate they were. While the children couldn't bring themselves to fire a single bullet knowing it would result in someone's death, the adults relished in being as violent as possible.


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