Book review: Diary of a Murderer

Diary of a Murderer

Diary of a Murderer,
and Other Stories
by Young-Ha Kim
Mariner Books
Mystery/South Korean Literature
208 pages


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I usually don’t read short stories. Not sure why I originally requested Diary of a Murderer, as the subtitle clearly states there is more than one story in the volume. I guess I was secretly hoping they were all connected, but they are not. 

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Book review: At Dusk

At Dusk

At Dusk
by Hwang Sok-Yong
Translated by
Sora Kim-Russell
Scribe Publications

Genre: Literary fiction
192 pages


And so, it begins!
This is my first review for the Man Booker International Prize 2019 longlist (#MBI2019), as part of the Shadow Panel.

I begin today with At Dusk, translated from the Korean.
The reason I started reading this one is just that it was the first book on the list I was able to get right away. And that will be my criterion for reading the list: I’ll just read the books as they come my way.
Hwang Sok-yong is presented as South Korea’s most renowned novelist. He has won many literary awards in his country and abroad.

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