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Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories

Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories
 

From one of South Korea's best and most worldly writers (NPR): An electric collection that captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge--between life and death, good and evil

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ISBN 9781328545428
Barcode 9781328545428
Published 16 April 2019 by Mariner Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Kim, Young-ha
Translated by Lee, Krys
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ISBN-13 9781328545428
ISBN-10 1328545423
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Mariner Books
Imprint Mariner Books
Publication Date 16 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Kim, Young-ha
Translated by Lee, Krys
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Short Stories
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 201mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 159g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Memory, Serial murderers, Short stories, Abduction, Creative writing
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 895.734
Catalogue Code 986168

Description of this Book

Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories is master short story writer Young-ha Kim's first collection ever to be published in English. His work has been compared to the novels of Haruki Murakami, Raymond Chandler, and Albert Camus, and he has earned a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation. Diary of a Murderer is an electric collection that captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge--between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on a new, and final, target: a killer whose next victim is his daughter. In the following three stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family's disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else. From one of South Korea's best and most worldly writers (NPR), and translated by award-winning author Krys Lee, Diary of a Murderer is chilling and high-powered all the way through.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is celebrated Korean writer Young-ha Kim's first story collection to be translated into English, and it is filled with the kind of sublime, galvanizing stories that strike like a lightning bolt, searing your nerves. The titular novella follows a reformed serial killer who has given himself one more target--a man who is set to murder his daughter. The stakes of the other stories aren't any lower and involve kidnappings and affairs, trauma and transcendence. It's easy enough to see why Kim has won every Korean literature award and is acclaimed as the best writer of his generation; pick up this book and find out for yourself. --NYLON, 50 Books You'll Want to Read in 2019 In the title novella of the collection, an elderly man considers coming out of retirement for one last job to save his daughter from the fianc he believes wants to murder her. He's not a retired detective or a bodyguard, though; he's a former serial killer. The last story, 'The Writer, ' opens with an anecdote about a man who is convinced he is a corncob. Needless to say, I'm already beguiled. --Huffington Post, 61 Books We're Looking Forward To Reading In 2019

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Author's Bio

YOUNG-HA KIM is the author of seven novels--four published in the United States, including the acclaimed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself and Black Flower--and five short story collections. He has won every major Korean literature award, and his works have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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