Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

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Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

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Those who are unaware of their lives slipping away while they are ensnared in the past… are in the end, whether alive or dead, ghosts of the past.

This is an excellent examination on how power thrives off of abuse, keeping those beneath you through fear and ensuring they remain subordinate to you by making anything other than complete submission an avenue for destruction, pain or death. We offer 1st class (express) or 2nd class (standard) postage options, and use Royal Mail as our primary postal service. At their best, though, these stories use a vocabulary of the grotesque to articulate truths about female bodies, living in a patriarchy, and the brutal vampiric logic of capitalism. I am not going to lie to you: there are unsettling, creepy and even sickening things, scenes, characters and events in Bora Chung's stories but the book is so absorbing that, to my amazement, I did not mind them most of the time. Anton Hur's translation skilfully captures the way Chung's prose effortlessly glides from being terrifying to wryly humorous.

Goodbye My Love (안녕, 내 사랑) has a designer of artificial companions deciding it’s time to replace her first robot, and her one true love, although the androids have other ideas.

In the ten short tales in this book, Chung masterfully combines elements of horror, fantasy, and magical realism to create a fresh and original take on 'genre-defying'. I am not a great fan of fantasy or fairy tales and that was prevalent in the longer writings of “Ruler of the Winds and Sands”, “Snare” or “Scars” which can teach much about the exploitative nature of humans. Some stories have elements of fantasy others of SF, historical fiction, feminist literature but all share a horror flavour and are very well written (and translated). She currently teaches Russian language and literature and science fiction studies at Yonsei University and translates modern literary works from Russian and Polish into Korean.More importantly, however, a panel of judges have taken their time to evaluate and consider this book seriously, for presumably, its literary and artistic merits.

The fact Paradais didn't make the shortlist but this did is so beyond me I can't even begin to comprehend their thought process. Tower, translated by Sang Ryu from the original 타워 by 배명훈 (Bae Myung-hoon) - my review: https://www. The first thing that stands out about Cursed Bunny is Bora Chung’s fluency in the language of the grotesque. Billed as a weird collection of genre-bending short stories, the International Booker Prize shortlisted Cursed Bunny made waves in 2022 upon the release of its English translation.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.

The first two stories will grab your attention and probably determine if you set the book aside or not. I could also understand how, in a situation where there was a single person who could kill you but also save you, all your survival instincts would be used towards satisfying that person. The problem is me: horror aesthetics and my sensitivity are not very compatible and I tend to mull over grisly scenes for weeks. I liked the kind of sharp critique creeping through this intro, along with a very visual kind of storytelling. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it, but for me it was a little uneven, and though some of the stories are powerful and moving, others are rather difficult to comprehend.

There’s also a story about robots, “Goodbye, My Love”, that I enjoyed quite a lot that spoke to the process of aging. I appreciate how she refers to her characters in the third person, letting it be known that this might as well be anyone. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. But after about half of the stories I had this itching feeling that something about the writing wasn't sitting with me, and I realized it was the stilted verb tenses and odd word choices that kept tripping me up while reading and taking me out of the story.

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