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    The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun review – life under late capitalism

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    July 9, 2020
    Following a spate of recent fiction considering the strange intersection of our work and leisure lives – novels such as Ling Ma’s apocalyptic satire Severance and Sayaka Murata’s oddly affecting Convenience Store Woman – The Disaster Tourist offers up another fresh and sharp story about life under...
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    Planet virus: seven novelists from around the world on living with the pandemic

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    July 5, 2020
    Covid-19 has exposed social and political fault lines from Brazil to Iceland to South Korea. Here, seven acclaimed writers share their lockdown experiences
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    The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup

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    June 19, 2020
    The House on Fripp Island by Rebecca Kauffman; Seven Years of Darkness by You-jeong Jeong; The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish; The Devil You Know by Emma Kavanagh; Die for Me by Luke Jennings
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    The best books and audiobooks of 2020 so far

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    May 14, 2020
    Named for the Korean equivalent of Jane Doe, this novel about a woman who plays by patriarchal rules but can never win, was a huge bestseller in South Korea, where it has become a touchstone for conversation around feminism and gender and a lightning rod for anti-feminists who view the book as...
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    A coldness that masks a burning rage': South Korea's female writers rise up

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    April 23, 2020
    In May 2016, a 23-year-old South Korean woman was murdered in a public toilet near Gangnam station in Seoul. Her attacker claimed in court that “he had been ignored by women a lot and couldn’t bear it any more”.
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    Women's prize at 25: what it is like to win by Zadie Smith, Naomi Alderman and more

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    April 18, 2020
    The Women’s prize was created because women were excluded from the world of literary accolades; in the last 25 years there has been tremendous progress, but female writers still face unique challenges. I am proud to have won. The shortlist was formidable and I was buoyed merely to be in the company...
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    Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah review – a dreamlike quest

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    February 24, 2020
    Untold Night and Day was first published in Korea in 2013 and is the fourth of Bae Suah’s novels – which number more than a dozen – to be translated into English by Deborah Smith. It is also the first of her books to be published in the UK, arriving at a time when Korean culture is in the spotlight...
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    Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 review – South Korean #MeToo bestseller

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    February 19, 2020
    This Korean bestseller chronicles the everyday struggle of women against endemic sexism. Its provocative power springs from the same source as its total, crushing banality: in telling the story of Kim Jiyoung – whose name is the Korean equivalent of “Jane Doe” – Cho Nam-joo’s third novel has been...
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    Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah review – surrealism in Seoul

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    Wed 18 Mar 2020
    Born in Seoul in 1965, Bae Suah is one of Korea’s most radical contemporary writers, whose prolific output has won prizes and acclaim both within her home country and abroad. Her fiction is notable for its surrealism, sudden shifts in chronology and lyrical intensity of language, a style no doubt...
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    South Korean author Cho Nam-joo: ‘My book is braver than I am

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    February 15, 2020
    Cho Nam-joo, 41, is a former television scriptwriter whose novel Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 became a hotly debated bestseller in South Korea when it was published in 2016, coinciding with the country’s #MeToo movement .

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