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Diary of a Murderer

Audiobook
Fiction: Literary, Short Stories
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/16/2019

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684573714
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Summary

Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil.

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Product Description

It's been twenty-five years since I last murdered someone, or has it been twenty-six?

Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his daughter's boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family's disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else.

From "one of South Korea's best and most worldly writers" (NPR), Diary of a Murderer is chilling and high-powered all the way through.

Reviews/Praise

"These tales of obsession reverberate with the hard, cool, and dryly comic voice of one of South Korea's most versatile writers . . . Creeping anxiety and Kafkaesque humor meld in [the] deceptively intricate novella...The other three stories retain the first one's chilliness (sustained nicely with help from Lee's translation) . . . A lively, enthralling introduction to [Kim's] eclectic artistry." —Kirkus Reviews

"Kim delicately weaves philosophical debates on the nature of happiness and morality into his characters’ inner narrations. Both jarring and atmospheric, this is a cerebrally satisfying collection." —Booklist

"This dark, innovative story collection from Kim is rife with grim plots and unreliable narrators . . . The best stories are engrossing and disturbing, and are excellent showcases of Kim’s talent.." —Publishers Weekly

"Spiky, quirky reading for all short story fans, whether of literary or pop bent." —Library Journal

Author Bio

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.