Untold Night and Day
For two years, 28-year-old Kim Ayami has worked at Seoul’s only audio theatre for the blind. But Ayami has just been made redundant, and thinking about the future feels like staring into the unknown. Open to anything, Ayami spends a night in the company of her former boss, searching for a mutual friend who has disappeared, and the following day looking after a visiting poet who turns out to be not what he seems. Walking the streets of the city with each man in turn, Ayami talks about art, love and the inaccessible country to the north. But in the sweltering heat of Seoul at the height of the summer, order gives way to chaos and the edges of reality start to fray, with Ayami becoming an unwitting guide to its increasingly tangled threads.
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‘As cryptic and compelling as a fever dream… Bae Suah is one of the most unique and adroit literary voices working today’ Sharlene Teo
Finishing her last shift at Seoul’s only audio theatre for the blind, Kim Ayami heads into the night with her former boss, searching for a missing friend. The following day, she looks after a visiting poet, a man who is not as he seems. Unfolding over a night and a day in the sweltering summer heat, their world’s order gives way to chaos, the edges of reality start to fray, and the past intrudes on the present in increasingly disorientating ways.
Untold Night and Day is a hallucinatory feat of storytelling from one of the most radical voices in contemporary Korean literature.
‘Highly original… Once I finished it, much of it slipped into my subconscious’ Daily Telegraph
|Dimensions||19.8 × 13 × 1.1 cm|
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