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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Politics and Truth: An Analysis of Richard E. Kim’s Novel, The Martyred

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2007, v.47 no.2, pp.184-207
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2007.47.2.184

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Abstract

In his novel, The Martyred,Richard E. Kim, a Korean-American novel-ist, raises fascinating questions with regard to politics and truth: (1) Isit possible to uphold Christian truth in the contemporary condition?And, (2) is it desirable to reveal the ugly truth to the masses regardlessof its possible impact upon our political community? While the firstquestion is concerned with religious, transcendental truth, the secondtakes issue with factual truth. These two questions are intertwined insuch a complex and intricate way in the novel that it is difficult tounravel the two in a compelling way. This essay analyzes the relation-ship between politics and truth in terms of these two issues that havebeen addressed throughout the novel.

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politics truth justice symbolic action The Martyred deception self-deception lying theodicy 185 Politics and Truth: An Analysis of Richard E. Kims Novel The Martyred politics truth justice symbolic action The Martyred deception self-deception lying theodicy 185 Politics and Truth: An Analysis of Richard E. Kims Novel The Martyred

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