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Diary of a Murderer


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YOUNG-HA KIM is the author of seven novels--four published in the United States, including the acclaimed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself and Black Flower--and five short story collections. He has won every major Korean literature award, and his works have been translated into more than a dozen languages.


"Reminds me a little of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous in that it reads like poetry at times, and it takes you through a heartbreaking dream. There's a lot of heat and emotion in this book." --Nicole Richie, Vogue, "13 Books Nicole Richie is Reading While Isolating" "This is celebrated Korean writer Young-ha Kim's first story collection to be translated into English, and it is filled with the kind of sublime, galvanizing stories that strike like a lightning bolt, searing your nerves. The titular novella follows a reformed serial killer who has given himself one more target--a man who is set to murder his daughter. The stakes of the other stories aren't any lower and involve kidnappings and affairs, trauma and transcendence. It's easy enough to see why Kim has won every Korean literature award and is acclaimed as the best writer of his generation; pick up this book and find out for yourself." --NYLON, "50 Books You'll Want to Read in 2019" "Kim is expert at finding the humanity inside the other, the comedy inside the tragedy, and the twisted within the seemingly normal. In his short story collection Diary of A Murder, the titular novella guides us through the deteriorating mind of a serial killer as he tries to save his daughter from becoming victim to another killer in town before he succumbs to Alzheimer's, while subsequent short stories showcasing an O. Henry-level irony mixed with an Italo Calvino style of humanism." --CrimeReads, "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019" "The premise of a skilled, aging murderer unable to trust his own memories is a quirky spin on the moral quagmires that criminal antiheroes usually face...Kim's use of pastiche--diary entries, jotted-down notes, snippets from a recorder Byeongsu wears around his neck--to re-create Byeongsu's interactions with his dementia draws readers deeply into the protagonist's voice. This peripatetic self-awareness, patchworked together through his disease, makes him a compelling narrator...Kim manages to blindside even wary readers with a twist that recognizes the worst of Byeongsu's fears about losing control...As he drifts in and out of his memories, readers' various interpretations of the truth will act as a Rorschach test--assessing the limits of their faith in him. But Kim asks, compellingly, why readers might be so eager to believe him in the first place." --Alana Mohamed, The Atlantic "A wild entertaining read from the South Korean writer. In his prime, former serial killer Byeongsu mastered his art: he was one of the best murderers around, spending years obsessively trying to perfect his technique. And then he gave it all up to be a dedicated father to his adopted-daughter, Eunhui. Now though, suffering from dementia, he decides to come out of retirement one last time for his final target: his daughter's boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories, an affair between two childhood friends question the limits of loyalty and love. Meanwhile, a family disintegrates after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later." --Cosmopolitan (UK), "49 new books by black and POC authors you'll be reading in 2020" "Diary of a Murderer and Other Stories is a brilliant collection of short stories that run the gamut from intense thrillers to introspective reflections on p

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