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Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

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We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. But the building, which they were sold at a 복덕방, an old fashioned term for an estate-agent’s office which Hur romanises as bokdeokbang and also translates literally as fortune gainer, has secrets of its own. In this case the cursed bunny was one he made to seek his own revenge (violating his own rules) on a company who had put a friend out of business by unscrupulous means, leading to the friend’s suicide. Blurring the lines between magical realism, horror, and science-fiction, Chung uses elements of the fantastic and surreal to address the very real horrors and cruelties of patriarchy and capitalism in modern society. Apesar desses muito gêneros agradarem de forma diferente diferentes leitores, Bora Chung consegue realizar ótimos trabalhos em cada um.

One of the best things about Goodreads is that it broadens your reading horizons in baffling directions. The problem is me: horror aesthetics and my sensitivity are not very compatible and I tend to mull over grisly scenes for weeks. Cursing others leads to two graves,” says the narrator, a descendant of the fetish’s maker, quoting an old Japanese proverb. If the aesthetics of the book are the only thing of quality, think again; Cursed Bunny, is without any doubt, THE best short story collection I have read in a long time. Also, the discussion of how men choose is they want to be a father but women have no choice if their the babies mother.It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. After reading this book (and Happy Stories, Mostly) I can no longer say that I do not like short stories. It is also great to see the translators named on the front cover, and the Korean title and author’s name, written in 한글 (hangeul) on the flaps.

She goes to great lengths to satisfy someone and is betrayed in the end for it, having merely been a pawn in the game. The story here leans to the comic, with rather bemused suitors, when they realise her request, a blackmailer who says he will claim he is the father, an elderly Chaebol owner after a heir and one wannabe suitor who serenades her with Shakespeare in badly pronounced Konglish.An added bonus for me: Reunion is set in an unnamed city in Poland which resembles Cracow and there are even some sentences in Polish. As always with Honford Star, the reader is immediately struck by the stunning cover art, here by Choi Jaehoon/werkgraphic. Some reviewers emphasize that they have never read anything like that before and I found the originality of Cursed Bunny striking.

If I’m being vague about these stories it is because they are best read with no idea what is coming. Aside from that, each narrative focuses on human values such as greed, power, money, and gain, and each concludes with a message. These are stories about survival that reveal the evils of survival at the expense of another person and often lead to vicious consequences. It is a reminder that even if you have been wronged it is not a free card to wrong others, but this isn’t a simple ‘fix yourself and love more’ plea but an examination on how society refuses to allow space to do just that.Bora Chung's glorious anglophone debut, enabled by award-winning Anton Hur, is poised to shock and delight . The blurb informs that this is a 'genre-defying collection of short stories' that blur the lines between 'magical realism, horror and science-fiction,' which sounded instantly like something I would love.

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