'City Of Ash And Red' Will Pull You Into Its Nightmare Hye-young Pyun's new novel, about an exterminator on a work trip to a nameless dystopian country, has … . About The Author. Digital products purchased from this site are sold by Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc. Don't miss our eBook deals starting at $0.99! It's not that I actually really liked this as that it is very good. When he arrives, he finds that his new job has been placed on hold and he is forcibly quarantined in his apartment. The amnesiac protagonist is left unnamed because he is us.”—Jae Won Chung, Boston Review "This book is not for everyone, but then neither was The Vegetarian, or Confessions, or The Cat in the Coffin. . "For fans of J. G. Ballard and early Ian McEwan, a tense psychological thriller and Kafkaesque parable by the author of The Hole--called 'an airtight masterpiece' by the Korean Economic Daily. . FormatHardback | 256 pages. Those with a taste for creepy suspense will be rewarded. Pyun's novel The Hole was a masterclass and this one is no different.”―Signal Horizon "Kafkaesque . She has published short stories in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and Words Without Borders. Publisher: Arcade (March 17, 2020) "―Crime Reads, "Daily Thrill" “A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice. Sometimes you read and love a book, but when you have to explain it to someone, you fumble for words. I HATE rats! . ", but ultimately the narrative ends too soon, or maybe tries too hard to be complicated and open-ended... not entirely sure, but i never got a strong feeling as to what this tale was trying to be, or the point it was making... maybe there wasn't one, and that's the point? The suggested level for this dungeon is between 28-31. . He is constantly debased. "—Complete Review “In this tautly knit novel by a brilliant stylist, a world of darkness you’d never want to encounter in real life unfolds mysteriously before your eyes. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! The unnamed narrator, a foreign rat catcher, believes he has been given a promotion when he moves to Country C for an assignment. . “City of Ash and Red is a tale of survival and ruin that leaves no room for even a single drop of comfort to seep in. Free eBook offer available to NEW US subscribers only. A nameless male protagonist whose work centers around killing pests is sent to work in a similarly unnamed city far from home, where society has crumbled and the city is filled with trash and pestilence. In City of Ash and Red, the central motifs are contagion and rats. There’s also a deadly rampant virus going around and men walk around in hazmat suits. Tell us what you like and we'll recommend books you'll love. The protagonist of City of Ash and Red is referred to simply as 'the man', appropriately nameless as a character with a limited sense of and hold on any kind of identity. I'm not familiar enough with Korean fiction to know how much other Korean writers affected her writing, as one review has stated that she "carved out a unique place in Korean fiction". 2007년 단편소설 〈사육장 쪽으로〉로 제40회 한국일보문학상을, 2009년 단편소설 〈토끼의 묘〉로 제10회 이효석문학상을, 2012년 소설집 〈저녁의 구애〉로 제42회 동인문학상을, 2014년 단편소설 〈몬순〉으로 제38회 이상문학상을 수상했다. . He is always confused. . Soon you’ll find yourself gripped by the fear that what the protagonist experiences could happen to you. This is a disgusting novel—and I mean that literally. Offer redeemable at Simon & Schuster's ebook fulfillment partner. His mental state completely collapses when he receives a call from home, telling him that his ex-wife has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. Buy the eBook. A faintly-drawn corporate stooge goes to work as a rat killer in a foreign country, finds himself embroiled in a Kafkaesque nightmare of moral and environmental collapse. ©2018 Hye-Young Pyun (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC. I've taken to calling it High-Rise if J.G. It’s that feeling of paranoia as things continue to dissolve within the narrator’s mind that truly sets the book apart.”—B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog, "Best Horror Books of 2018" “Disturbing, but impressive. Whether you want to believe this is a grim look at the human condition or an exciting bit of weird fiction, it's worth a read.”―NPR “Hye-Young Pyun creates a dark allegory of humankind in this apocalyptic novel. Following the literary tradition of surreal (and often horrific) writers like Kobo Abe, Kafka, and a pinch of Indra Das, this horror novel by Mrs. Pyun is the worthwhile next of kin. If it’s to your taste, this book will keep you reading long past any previously established threshold of morbidity. Be the first to ask a question about City of Ash and Red. City of Ash and Red by Hye-Young Pyun available in Trade Paperback on Powells.com, also read synopsis and reviews. Doesn’t matter. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that. . In City of Ash and Red, the central motifs are contagion and rats. . consistently gripping.”―Kirkus Reviews “A story of loss so affecting that it borders on existential vertigo.”―Sunyoung Park, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Gender Studies, USC “City of Ash and Red is a tale of survival and ruin that leaves no room for even a single drop of comfort to seep in. Its hard to get a grasp on the whole story though; its dark throughout, and whatever redemption the reader might find is lost in - both literally and figuratively - the fog of disaster happening as the book progress. When he finds out that his new job has been postponed, he thinks things can’t get any worse. "―Publishers Weekly “Kim-Russell’s ability to replicate Pyun’s stifling terror repeats here . [Hye-yŏng P'yŏn; Sora Kim-Russell] -- "For fans of J.G. . . Intriguing, weird book about a nameless man who travels to another country for work, and immediately a series of terrible events affect him. 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