The Smokestack

Yun Gi-jeong, Mi-Ryong Shim (Translator)

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In Yu Gi-jeong’s “The Smokestack,” the factory girls at a large silk mill go on strike to protest the company’s plans to increase their working hours and lower their wages. After firing the commuter workers en masse, the management threatens to do the same to the workers living in the factory dormitories. Facing intensifying pressures, the factory girls struggle to maintain a brave united front. “The 4 Smokestack” provides interesting insights into the historical lives of factory girls. Moreover, the short story, both in its subject matter and style, raises important and thought-provoking questions about the social role of art and the relations between literature and politics.
Original languageOther
PublisherLiterature Translation Institute of Korea
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9788993360462
StatePublished - 2014

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