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Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

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We use Google Analytics to see what pages are most visited, and where in the world visitors are visiting from. These sharp social critiques and eerie stories are so well balanced and so much fun, I certainly will be thinking about them for a long time to come. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. The lamp, once gifted to the CEO, creates chaos in the life of the CEO’s family and his business, but also with implications for the grandfather.

We offer 1st class (express) or 2nd class (standard) postage options, and use Royal Mail as our primary postal service. A great start with some really outstanding stories, the momentum gradually diminishing until by the end I was just eager to finish to move on. It felt like it had something to say and it used the subversion of genre and expectations to do so, giving the main character more depth than any of the others that had come before. The content isn’t for everyone (a lot of it is triggering) and the writing begins very very basic (with the English translation) however it picks up as you get further into the book. The first thing that stands out about Cursed Bunny is Bora Chung’s fluency in the language of the grotesque.I don't need every single detail but I need enough to feel like they are real people with experiences they are sharing with me.

A very strange, scary but never the less thought provoking set of stories each with a moral behind them. Cursing others leads to two graves,” says the narrator, a descendant of the fetish’s maker, quoting an old Japanese proverb. The Frozen Finger (차가운 손가락) is a rather surreal ghost story, and Snare (덫) a genuinely creepy folk-tale type of story about a man who finds a fox, caught in a snare, that bleeds gold. Truth be told, I am not very surprised it was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize last year. Definitely worth a read for the creative imagination shown here and dark, dark humour, even if the collection is somewhat uneven.These stories will make your eyes pop out with horror, make you shift uncomfortably and wonder at Bora Chung’s infinite creativity. She delves into some serious stuff also, for example, feministic issues, capitalism or animal abuse.

Still, overall, this was fairly entertaining and sufficiently intriguing to keep me reading until the end. Stories such as Scars—the longest in the collection and quite possibly my favorite—feel much greater than their length, exploring a lot of ideas and covering a lot of territory while recognizing a novel-length would be too much. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.A young woman has issues with her periods, and is advised to take birth control pills, only to find an odd side effect, that, despite being a virgin, she is pregnant.

The South Korean author has a PhD in Slavic literature and teaches Russian language and literature and science fiction studies at Yonsei University. I also don't know if it's the translation (done by Anton Hur) or Chung's writing style, but the repetition within the text and the constant use of the passive voice was very irritating to me. The title of the second story (third originally), Embodiment (몸하다) raises some translation issues as in Korean 몸 means body, but the verb 몸하다 - “to body”- can also mean to menstruate, which Hur deftly explains in the form of a dictionary entry style epigraph. Aside from that, each narrative focuses on human values such as greed, power, money, and gain, and each concludes with a message. Having said that, I had some wickedly entertaining discussions with my buddy and two of my co-workers who were enticed to read the first two stories when I wouldn’t shut up about them!

Personally writing style is very important to me (I love beautifully written books) and though how it’s written in the English translation (not particularly beautiful) and can still assuredly say I’m struggling to put this book down. Then I’ll go far away from here and live by my own means, so please, just keep using the toilet like you always have. She currently teaches Russian language and literature and science fiction studies at Yonsei University and translates modern literary works from Russian and Polish into Korean. Absurdism is alive in this deeply disturbing story that criticizes so many social aspects like masculinity, legacy and more and the ending is. For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin.

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