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Author: Bae Suah
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BIC Subject: Fiction in translation
 
Published: 04-Feb-2020
Format: Hardback, 160 pages, 0x0mm
ISBN: 9781787331600
Stock Code: 7331600
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A seductive, disorienting story about parallel lives, unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer

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.

Seductive, disorienting and wholly original, Untold Night and Day asks whether more than one version of ourselves can exist at once - and shows why Bae Suah is considered one of the boldest and most original voices in Korean literature today.A seductive, disorienting story about parallel lives, unfolding over a day and a night in the sweltering heat of Seoul's summer

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.

Seductive, disorienting and wholly original, Untold Night and Day asks whether more than one version of ourselves can exist at once - and shows why Bae Suah is considered one of the boldest and most original voices in Korean literature today.
Bae Suah (Author)
Bae Suah was born in Seoul in 1965. She studied chemistry at university and wrote her first short story as a way of practising her typing on a new word program. Since 1993 she has published fourteen story collections and six novels. Untold Night and Day is her first book to be published in the UK.

Deborah Smith (Translator)
Deborah Smith (@londonkoreanist) was born in Doncaster in 1987. She studied English and then Korean literature in the UK, and has translated several books by Bae Suah and Han Kang. She publishes Asian literatures in translation through Tilted Axis Press, which she founded in 2015.