Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize
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In 2022, the English edition of her short story collection Cursed Bunny translated by Anton Hur was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize.  The ten stories borrow from different genres, including magical realism, horror and science fiction.   In September 2023 the book was longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature.  I only want so little,” said the Head hastily, “I’m only asking that you keep dumping your body waste in the toilet so I can finish the rest of my body. Then I’ll go far away from here and live by my own means, so please, just keep using the toilet like you always have.”
Book Genre: Adult, Anthologies, Asia, Asian Literature, Cultural, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Literature, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Short StoriesThe desperation and immense fear that your life, as well as the future to come, hinged on a moment. I could also understand how, in a situation where there was a single person who could kill you but also save you, all your survival instincts would be used towards satisfying that person.’
And as her life proceeds, to parenthood and middle age, the Head constantly haunts her, finishing body all the time, until one day … So I'm guessing I need to explain my use of Duchamp's sculpture in connection with Bora Chung's book, Cursed Bunny. This book is on the shortlist for the International Booker prize 2022; with I believe 50,000 GBP of prize money. More importantly, however, a panel of judges have taken their time to evaluate and consider this book seriously, for presumably, its literary and artistic merits.Something Hur cannot be envied is the task of translating Chung’s work without making the prose a repetitive slog. Many of the stories follow unnamed characters – the son, the youth, the bald man, and so on – and it is remarkable that both Chung and Hur employ this tactic with such success. Not only does it strengthen Chung’s fairy tale theme, it also highlights the universality of these stories. I don't generally enjoy short story collections as I like to spend a lot of time with fictional characters and get to know and love (or despise) them.