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Article
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/mar/29/the-best-translated-fiction-review-roundup
Journal
The Guardian
Issued Date
March 29, 2024
Page
-
Language
English(English)
Country
UNITED KINGDOM
City
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Book
Your Utopia
Writer
Bora Chung
Translator
Anton Hur

About the Author

  • Bora Chung
  • Birth : 1976 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Bora
  • Family Name : Chung
  • Korean Name : 정보라
  • ISNI : 0000000463322293
  • Works : 16
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  • English(English)

Korean writer Chung’s previous book Cursed Bunny, which was shortlisted for the International Booker prize, took horror and fantasy as its inspiration; in this collection of stories the driver is science fiction, with a good dose of absurdity. An institute researching immortality celebrates its anniversary, but gets bogged down in the design of the invitations. A pandemic causes people to become cannibals, so a spaceship is sent away from Earth with uninfected people. “Do you know how to land this thing?” One story is narrated by an internet-connected lift, which can’t understand why humans don’t get their parts replaced as they age. Beneath the weirdness are serious points being made about acceptance of change and fear of obsolescence – as well as lots of entertainment. “The world is full of strange people,” opens the final story – and most of them are in here.

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