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  • In brief: Lemon; The Nutmeg’s Curse; Dirt – reviews
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    The Guardian / September 26, 2021

    Kwon Yeo-Sun brings eerie beauty to crime fiction, Amitav Ghosh traces the climate crisis to colonialism and Bill Buford goes to the heart of French cuisine Lemon Kwon Yeo-Sun (translated by Janet Hong) Apollo, £12.99, pp192 Seoul 2002 and a city that’s been gripped by World Cup fever is about to be consumed by an infinitely darker news story: the murder of 18-year-old Kim Hae-on, whose ethereal good looks lead to the case being dubbed “the high school beauty murder”. Nobody is ever charged and 17 years on it still consumes her younger sister, Da-on, whose entire self – dumpy and plain but whip-smart and brimming with life – has altered in response. Though the narrative takes the form of a detective novel, it becomes a meditation on envy, grief and, this being South Korea, plastic surgery. Understated yet lingeringly eerie.

  • 20 New Works of Fiction to Read This Season
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    The New York Times / September 21, 2021

    New novels from Jonathan Franzen and Anthony Doerr, a political thriller by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny, a Korean murder mystery — and more.

  • A Murder Mystery That Refuses to Be Solved
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    Vulture / October 28, 2021

    Read the first chapter of Kwon Yeo-Sun’s slim novel Lemon and you could easily mistake it for a thriller. The book, translated from Korean by Janet Hong, has all the elements of the genre: protagonists haunted by an unsolved murder, a cop more interested in making an arrest than finding the killer, a dead girl whose beauty has turned her into something approaching myth. But this is a murder mystery less interested in victim and killer than in the motivations of those consuming their story—those who create meaning where, most likely, none exists. That consumption is its own violence. Gradually, we managed to return to our rightful place, our emotions numbed by the strain and struggle of our looming college entrance exam. We told ourselves: Some of us had to go, that’s all. One had an accident, one went abroad, one transferred schools, one dropped out, but we’re still here, aren’t we? Ah, this is killing us. Nothing’s changed. What kind of life is this? Is this living?

  • What Fran’s Reading: Two compelling novels about sibling loyalty
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    Jersey's Best / October 27, 2021

    One of the exciting things about our increasingly smaller world is the surfacing of authors whose work is known, even award-winning, in their countries, yet new to American readers. Korean author Kwon Yeo-sun’s new novel, “Lemon” (Other Press, 160 pp., $20), is a case in point. Yeo-sun’s novels and short stories have won literary awards in her country, but this is her first novel to be published in English. But I suspect we’ll be encountering more of her writing.

  • For your weekend book browsing: A (hefty) list of the most anticipated titles of the season
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    Daily Press / October 08, 2021

    Summer reading may snag all the headlines, but fall is a wonderful time to be a reader. We have rounded up 57 books to watch for, from novels and story collections to books on the most pressing issues of our time. Biographies of Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso and Stephen Crane elucidate some of our greatest artists and thinkers, and memoirs from Stanley Tucci, Katie Couric and others offer a look behind their public personas. No matter what you are searching for this fall, you can find it in the pages of a book. (Titles without a publication date noted are on sale now.) — JOUMANA KHATIB

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    Daily Mail Online / October 07, 2021

    BURNTCOAT by Sarah Hall (Faber £12.99, 240 pp) Sarah Hall has described the compulsion she felt to write at the start of the pandemic, and the pain of 2020 is wrought into this novel’s fabric. It’s also made manifest in the form of artist Edith and her monumental sculptures, which involve wood that has, paradoxically and suggestively, first been burnt. Edith is now in her 50s, and about to deliver her last commission — we know that she is entering her final days. But as the novel slides fluidly between timeframes, we also learn how, some decades before, Edith’s relationship with a chef, Halit, was forged in a period of lockdown, when the country was swept by a devastating disease.

  • Kwon Yeo-sun’s Lemon: Not Your Average Thriller
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    Cultured Vultures / October 06, 2021

    Lemon is author Kwon Yeo-sun’s English language debut novella, a book described in the marketing as a literary thriller, and categorised as such in most of the places it can be pre-ordered from. But in her native South Korea, Yeo-sun has a reputation for writing unconventional stories, playing with form and, therefore, being known as an author who is sometimes difficult to read.

  • 13 Chilling New Mystery and Thriller Books Coming Your Way in October
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    POPSUGAR / October 01, 2021

    There's a fresh batch of mysteries and thrillers books coming your way this month, and trust us, the chill factor is high with these must reads. Among the most exciting thrillers hitting shelves in October are new titles from fan-favorite writers like Louise Penny, C.J. Cooke, and Lisa Unger. But prepare to discover a few new authors to add to your favorites list as well. From a riveting novel that tackles the horror of complicity to the story of a young cop's dangerous journey into the dark heart of Los Angeles, October's best thriller and mystery books will keep you up reading way past your bedtime.

  • 8 New Books We Recommend This Week
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    The New York Times / November 24, 2021

    Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers. Here are eight books to be grateful for, wherever you are: New poetry collections from the great Patrick Rosal and Frank Bidart, novels about the lives (and deaths) of women in North Dakota and South Korea, a posthumous spy story from the beloved John le Carré. The New York Times Magazine’s ambitious and far-reaching 1619 Project has been turned into an even more ambitious and far-reaching book, the political insider Huma Abedin offers a revealing look at her public and private lives, and the religion reporter Mark Oppenheimer explores grief and resilience in a Jewish neighborhood haunted by violent tragedy. These books aren’t “easy reading” — the stories they tell can be complicated and uncomfortable, uncompromising — but they pursue their truths tirelessly and often beautifully, and that’s a good reason to give thanks, anytime.

  • نظرة على الأدب الكوري
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    أخبار الأدب / November 24, 2020