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Pile By the Bed's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Nov 16, 2018


There are so many interesting novels coming out of Korea at the moment – challenging established tropes across a range of genres. Just this year there has been the psychothriller The Good Son, the anti-hero crime drama The Plotters and Toward Dusk, another masterpiece of introspection and history from Hwang Sok Yong. Into this mix comes what could be described as dystopian existentialist horror -The City of Ash and Red by Hwe-Young Pyun. A kafkaesque descent into a nightmare world that, in some strange way, has echoes of all of the books and authors previously mentioned. As with many of those books, also, this has been translated by Sora Kim Russell.




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