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Untold Night and Day

Bae Suah

(author)

,

Deborah Smith

(translator)

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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 summerFor two years, twenty-eight-year-old Kim Ayami has worked at Seoul's only audio theatre for the blind.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Untold Night and Day A01 By (author) N Bae Suah B06 Translated by N Deborah Smith 204 138 20 250 BB Hardback 160 Jonathan Cape Ltd Vintage Publishing London United Kingdom FYT Fiction in translation FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) 1FPKS South Korea 1.3 FYT FBA FXR Fiction in translation Modern & contemporary fiction Narrative theme: Sense of place 1FPKS-KR-B 5HRB Seoul Seasonal interest: Summer 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. 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. Unconventional and original... A Seoul fairytale where the unexpected should always be expected. -- Kerry Hudson * Big Issue * Haunting and poetic, Untold Night and Day holds the reader in a suspended state, allowing us to explore the tension of the threshold. A strange and beautiful novel, wonderfully translated by Deborah Smith. * Chloe Aridjis * I loved this book. I loved its uncanny beauty, its startling occurrences. As it unravels you feel, if only a little, yourself unraveling too. A Lynchian triumph. * Daisy Johnson * As cryptic and compelling as a fever dream, Untold Night and Day is a vivid and disorienting exploration of identity, artifice and compulsion ... Bae Suah is one of the most unique and adroit literary voices working today. * Sharlene Teo * Bae Suah's disturbing, beautifully controlled novel Untold Night and Day is a book of doubles, shadows and parallel worlds... a slim yet labyrinthine twist on a "choose your own adventure" story that disarms even as it disorients. -- Catherine Taylor * Financial Times * Bae Suah is one of Korea's most radical contemporary writers... Untold Night and Day is a hallucinatory novel propelled by the logic of dreams... Bae masterfully layers [her] themes into an almost hidden code beneath the novel's meditative surface. -- Jay G Ying * Guardian * A metaphysical detective story, Untold Night and Day...draws on ideas from Korean shamanism...to venture in style and ambition far from the conventions of mystery narratives... Storylines echo one another and are braided into multilayered fictional universe with extraordinary skill... Bae's novel complicates the boundaries between self and other reality and make-believe, night and day. -- Sarah Shin * Observer * [A] highly original novel, full of unsolved mysteries, repeated motifs and startling prose... Remarkably fresh... Exhilarating... Once I finished it, much of it slipped into my unconscious. All that remains is a sense of Bae's boundless yet precise imagination. -- Luiza Sauma * Daily Telegraph * Hypnotic... an uncannily affecting and dreamlike story of parallel lives and worlds. -- Chloe Ashby * Guardian * 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. 30012020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 12.99 0.00 12.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 26 BERT GARD Y

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.

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Book publisherVintage Publishing
Publication date30 Jan 2020
FormatHardback
Pages160
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