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Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories
Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories | Young-ha Kim
3 posts | 4 read | 3 to read
Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories is master short story writer Young-ha Kim's first collection ever to be published in English. His work has been compared to the novels of Haruki Murakami, Raymond Chandler, and Albert Camus, and he has earned a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation.Diary of a Murderer is an electric collection that captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge--between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on a new, and final, target: a killer whose next victim is his daughter. In the following three stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family's disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else. From "one of South Korea's best and most worldly writers" (NPR), and translated by award-winning author Krys Lee, Diary of a Murderer is chilling and high-powered all the way through.
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atla
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Mehso-so

I waited ages for this one to come in from the library and read it right away. It was interesting, but not emotionally resonant. I enjoyed the unreliable narrator of the title story, but didn‘t actually like any of the characters. All in all, it was a bit of a let-down.

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ardoomer
Mehso-so

The first story which is basically a novella and shared a name with the title is excellent. However, it makes it hard to enjoy the other stories that weren‘t as good. I still recommend reading it for that first story alone which is roughly 91 pages long.

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Rhondareads
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Famous Korean author first book of short stories in translation looking forward to reading this introduction to this renowned Korean author,Thanks @hmhbooks for this wonderful book,