North Korea is obviously in the headlines a lot at the moment – do you think literature can promote understanding between countries and cultures? ", But while Hana comes to represent the historical pain of all "comfort women" (or "grandmothers", as they were also known) coerced into military brothels, it is Emi, who avoids that fate, to whom Bracht feels she is closest. When I went with her, to Korea, there was this massive family there. It would rather they just silently go away," says Bracht. I recently finished a book by Claudia Rankine, and the moment I finished it, I began writing my next novel. And to have this happen to you, there is no talking about it. Jim Naughtie talks with Colombian writer Juan Gabriel Vasquez The Shape of the Ruins. They dive for abalone. “... she knows all too well anything can happen in the blink of an eye.”, “On Hana’s island, diving is women’s work. James Naughtie talks with Nick Harkaway about his new novel Gnomon. Hana’s missing her sister, but then wondering, how are they getting by, how is Emi doing… I was quite low, I think, in trying to think of this book. About Mary Lynn Bracht. To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy, Oops! I never experienced that until that moment. If you want to be a writer, read everything! It doesn’t want the statue and the memorial to remember the victimhood and survival of these women. Bunu asla affetmeyeceğim. And so when I was growing up she told me many stories about her life, what it was like. MLB: Yes, sadly, I cried a lot – because I had to put myself in the place of what these women went through, what they must have felt, what could have gone through their minds, being trapped in a brothel in the middle of Manchuria. 1000Kitap'ı kullanarak çerezlere izin vermektesiniz. I’d like to welcome onto the stage the author, Mary Lynn Bracht. Powerful women. I either read them before I began writing, after completing a draft, or during the editing phase. Japonya’nın işgali altında olan Koreli kadınların yalnız kalmamak ve aç kalmamak adına sergiledikleri duruştan biriydi Hana ve ailesindeki. They’re called haenyeo, they’re free divers, they don’t dive with any apparatus, like breathing apparatuses, and they’ve been doing this for four hundred years. To me, imagine what if you were that woman? I don’t have any recollection besides pictures, and so when I went back with her, it was like this homecoming. Japon ordusu 1931 yılında Mançurya'yı işgal ederek dünyaya hükmetmek için etrafa saldırmaya başladı. But then also missing home, because they’re girls, you know, they’ve never left their villages. Their story should be written, the voices should be heard. When I was doing research I’d go to bookshops [to read about the war] and not only were the patrons all male, the books are all male too - it’s all about fighting and that kind of sacrifice. White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark, devastating corner of history, but pulling us back into the light are these two central characters, these two sisters, whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war. It’s like a re-living. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore. Esasen savaş, dünya üzerindeki her varlık adına bir suçtur. And how was it left unacknowledged for so long, given the scale of the tragedy? One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the day’s catch on the beach. Reinforcing the book’s feminist thread, the women are from a fiercely proud lineage of haenyeo (female divers who harvest marine life from the ocean floor) on Japanese-occupied Jeju Island, Korea, where, unusually for the broader patriarchal society, they are the breadwinners. "I wanted to write stories, I always had stories. In my freshman year I was on the airforce scholarship and somewhere in there I took an anthropology class. Reading after each ‘stage’ of the book-writing process kept me sane, as well as helped me to ‘see’ where I wanted my book to go and also how to get there. "When things happen to women like this, the government is trying to sweep it under the rug. "She survives the war and continues to live in Korea, and is an example of the women who just got through it, sort of like my mother and her family," she says. It was this feeling of, ‘Yeah it happened, it’s not that big a deal’. So it was a very long journey. Because they can work – they can bring all of their food, they’re the breadwinners – they are sort of in charge of their homes, so they’re a very strong female community. With my mother, she went home sort of every four years to keep that alive, her friends always did the same, and so that’s how I got the idea for the story. I mean, you have two sisters who are separated but there’s always that bond, and you’re always hoping for that homecoming, that love that always remains. In 2002 Bracht visited her mother's childhood village, and it was during this trip she first learned of the ‘Comfort Women’ captured and set up in brothels for the Japanese military. The culture and tradition of haenyeo divers is dying out; they think in maybe twenty years, there won’t be any left. Jim Naughtie speaks to writer William Atkins about his new book. What does it take to endure that kind of slavery and want to live?