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    The Plotters by Un-su Kim review – a sniper in Seoul

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    March 1, 2019
    In his increasingly curmudgeonly later years, Kingsley Amis claimed only to favour novels that began: “A shot rang out.” The opening of Korean author Un-su Kim’s The Plotters has the potential to satisfy that boozy reactionary of English letters, as a hired gun lines up his prey in the telescopic...
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    Han Kang hands over book to remain unseen until 2114

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    May 28, 2019
    Instead of launching her latest work in a bookshop surrounded by readers, the award-winning South Korean novelist Han Kang dragged a white cloth through a Norwegian forest before wrapping it around her manuscript, which she handed over to be locked away for 95 years.
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    The best recent thrillers – review roundup

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    Jan 29, 2019
    Part of a wave of Korean thrillers translated into English in recent months, The Plotters by Un-su Kim (translated by Sora Kim-Russell; 4th Estate) follows the trials and tribulations of Reseng, found in a rubbish bin as a baby, raised in a library where assassinations are planned, and now one of...
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    Man Booker International prize 2019 longlist sees small publishers win big

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    March 13, 2019
    Judges praise the 13 finalists – all but two published by indie houses – for ‘enriching our idea of what fiction can do’
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    Han Kang to bury next book for almost 100 years in Norwegian forest

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    Aug. 31, 2018
    Prize-winning South Korean author joins Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell as a contributor to Future Library project The world’s most secretive library, currently housed only in the minds of its authors and containing books that will not be read for almost a century, has added a new writer to its...
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    The ‘mega monk’ who wants us to slow down and embrace our imperfections

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    Jan. 20,2019
    Haemin Sunim is the Buddhist monk whose hugely successful self-care advice books have made him a celebrity
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    Top 10 books about South Korea

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    Feb. 14,2018
    A novelist recommends favourite writing about a country that has undergone a giddying transformation in recent decades
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    Want to transform your life? Stop chasing perfection

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    Jan 12,2019
    Haemin is especially eloquent on life’s smaller dissatisfactions, and how they can sometimes be trickier to deal with than the bigger, more dramatic ones. For example, though it’s a good thing that we talk so much more openly today about mental illness, one perverse consequence is that it can...
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    The Observer Best books of 2018

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    Dec 9, 2018
    Ancco's English Translation <Bad Friends 나쁜친구들> selected Best Books of 2018 (Graphic Novels)
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    Min Jin Lee: 'History has failed almost everybody who is ordinary'

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    Aug 1, 2018
    Min Jin Lee, whose writings wrestle with race, class, diaspora, religion and love, is one of the 200 honorees whose modern-day work best embodies Frederick Douglass’s legacy of social change.

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