|Gwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age(2017)|
|Writer : 5·18기념재단 Date : 2017-06-30 Hit : 3070|
Gwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age
To mark the 37th anniversary of the May 18 Democratic Uprising, an academic seminar on Gwangju Diary: A Collective Memory of Democracy and Freedom was held at the United Nation Headquarter, May 26, 2017. It has been successfully held. The seminar was centered on Gwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age, the English translation by Seol Kap Su and Nick Mamatas of Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age, a day-to-day eyewitness account of the May 18 Uprising first published in 1985. Upon publication, the Korean version of the book was banned by the government until 1988 when Chun Doo-hwan stepped down as president. Also known by its shortened title “Beyond, Beyond,” more than one million copies of the book were sold and it is still considered one of the most important accounts of the May 18 Uprising in Korea.
The author, Lee Jae-eui wrote the book in 1985 based upon many interviews and his concern was to tell the truth about what had happened in Gwangju in May of 1980. Lee was a junior at Gwangju’s Chonnam National University at that time. The detailed records rest on his experience and oral testimonies.
This book appeared in two principal Korean editions: in 1985, as Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age; and in 1989, as May 18: The Record of Life and Death.
Its English edition Gwangju Diary was first published by the UCLA Asian Pacific Monograph Series in 1999. After being out of print, it has been published again. In May 2017, the May 18 Memorial Foundation published a new and expanded edition.
But we have corrected factual errors and supplied notes to account for changes in our historical understanding since 1985 to share the truth of May 18 Uprising at international level. Rather than note each change, which seemed cumbersome for readers, we decided with Lee Jae-eui to present this first English rendering as a revised edition. We chose a new title: Gwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age.
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Author`s Preface th the English Edition / Lee Jae-eui
Chapter Ⅰ: The Uprising
List of Maps
1. Korea / Gwangju
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