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Untold Night and Day
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Untold Night and Day (Hardback)

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A hypnotic, disorienting story of parallel lives unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer



For two years, twenty-eight-year-old Kim Ayami has worked at Seoul's only audio theatre for the blind. But now the theatre is shutting down and Ayami's future is uncertain.



Her last shift completed and the theatre closed for good, Ayami walks the streets of the city with her former boss late into the night. Together they search for a mutual friend who has disappeared. The following day, at the request of that same friend, Ayami acts as a guide for a detective novelist visiting from abroad.



But in the inescapable, all-consuming heat of Seoul at the height of the summer, order gives way to chaos, the edges of reality start to fray, and the past intrudes on the present in increasingly disruptive ways.



Blisteringly original, Untold Night and Day is a high-wire feat of storytelling that explores the possibility of worlds beyond the one we see and feel - and shows why Bae Suah is considered one of the boldest voices in Korean literature today.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 30/01/2020 ISBN-13: 9781787331600  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Bae Suah (Author) Bae Suah was born in Seoul in 1965. She studied chemistry at university and wrote her first short story as a way of practising her typing. Since 1993 she has published more than a dozen novels and short story collections. Untold Night and Day is her first book to be published in the UK. Deborah Smith (Translator) Deborah Smith (@londonkoreanist) was born in Doncaster in 1987. She studied English and then Korean literature in the UK, and has translated several books by Bae Suah and Han Kang. She publishes Asian literatures in translation through Tilted Axis Press, which she founded in 2015.

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Untold Night and Day leads you on a wild, slow-whirling literary fairground ride of David Lynch-like descent into madness and spinning-compass slippage, with atmosphere as thick as fog. Events repeat themselves or are recalled, names overlap, and a pock-marked face recurs on body after body. Like a numb nightmare, the life of newly-out-of-work Ayami unravels into a swirling wall of unease, jewelled occasionally with a sense of otherworldly truth, just out of reach. An immersive, phantasmagoric, and ultimately transformative tunnel.

Gavin, Marketing team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/01/2020

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