Given that loss of memory has become a familiar device in fiction, and the psychopath such a popular character archetype, we shouldn’t be too surprised by the notion of a serial killer hero with Alzheimer’s. The title story of South Korean author Kim Young-ha’s collection is a first-person narrative with a journal structure that nods to Gogol’s Diary of a Madman, and like its Russian progenitor charts the descent into dementia of an alienated protagonist. (...)

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