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Hom Yun's meticulously ordered life of reading books and drinking coffee receives a jolt when a mysterious cultural foundation unexpectedly agrees to fund his film proposal: a blend of fiction and documentary, a tone-poem constructed around a lyrical narrative, set around Scythian graves in the High Altai mountains. Desperate to be taken on as his assistant, the foundation's secretary follows him from their offices and begins a night of crossed wires, dislocation, and reality seen through glass, darkly. One of South Korea's most astonishingly sui generis authors, Bae Suah mixes the cerebral and the pungently physical, the mundane and the wildly surreal, in a characteristically potent blend.
BAE SUAH made her literary debut in 1993 with the short story 'The Dark Room of Nineteen Eighty-Eight’ and since then has written several novels and short story collections, along with numerous books from German, including works by WG Sebald, Franz Kafka and Jenny Erpenbeck. In 2003, she received the Hanguk Ilbo literary prize, and the Tongseo literary prize in 2004. Her novel Nowhere To Be Found was longlisted for a PEN Translation Prize and the Best Translated Book Award.
DEBORAH SMITH was born in Doncaster in 1987. She has translated three books by South Korean author Han Kang, including The Vegetarian, Human Acts, and The White Book, and four by Bae Suah, including the forthcoming Unknown Nights and Days. She founded Tilted Axis Press in 2015, publishing contemporary writing from across Asia, and is currently mentoring emerging translators from Korean and writing about translation, failure, feminism and ant-i-capitalism.
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