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Flowers of mold : stories / Ha Seong-nan ; translated from the Korean by Janet Hong.

Ha, Sŏng-nan, 1967- (author.). Hong, Janet, (translator.).

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Moorhead Public Library HA (Text) 33500013057393 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781940953960
  • ISBN: 1940953960
  • Physical Description: 212 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Rochester, New York : Open Letter, 2019.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Waxen wings -- Nightmare -- The retreat -- The woman next door -- Flag -- Your rearview mirror -- Flowers of mold -- Toothpaste -- Early beans -- Onion.
Summary, etc.:
A woman meets her next-door neighbor and loans her a spatula, then starts suffering horrific gaps in her memory. A man, feeling jilted by an unrequited love, becomes obsessed with sorting through his neighbors' garbage in the belief that it will teach him how to better relate to people. A landlord decides to raise the rent, and his tenants hatch a plan to kill him at a team-building retreat.
Ha Sŏng-nan's stories seem pleasant enough, yet there's something disturbing just below the surface, ready to permanently disrupt the characters' lives. Among the stories: a woman lends her neighbor a spatula, then starts having gaps in her memory; in a team-building retreat, tenants plan to kill their landlord after he raises the rent. They are ordinary individuals-- in an increasingly urbanized and fragmented world. -- adapted from back cover

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 March #2
    *Starred Review* Joining a growing cohort of notable Korean imports, Ha's dazzling, vaguely intertwined collection of 10 stories is poised for Western acclaim. In "Flowers of Doom," a loner painstakingly studies his neighbors by sifting through their trash—"Garbage never lies"—eventually deciphering the affair that implodes next door in number 507. That same 507 appears in "The Woman Next Door," in which a new neighbor moves in; she's single, friendly, and first borrows a spatula from the wife of the family next door, then quickly manipulates possession of the husband and son. Agitated tenants hope to prevent the owner from selling their building in "The Retreat," but the evening ends in murder. Violence also drives "Nightmare," in which desperate parents try to convince their daughter that an assault upon her was "all a nightmare." An unlikely relationship between a security guard and a shoplifting magician ends tragically in "Your Rearview Mirror." Women gracing billboards come alive in "Flag" and "Toothpaste." Like Ha's compatriots Han Yujoo (The Impossible Fairy Tale, 2017) and Ancco (Bad Friends, 2018), PEN/Heim Translation Fund–awarded Hong enables English-language readers access into Ha's disturbing, unpredictable, oneiric—yet all too recognizable—world in which heat stifles, waste rots, and bonds break; yet, for most, life goes on. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Ha Seong-Nan was born in Seoul in 1967 and made her literary debut in 1996, after her graduation from the Seoul Institute of the Arts. She is the author of five short story collections&;including Bluebeard's First Wife and The Woman Next Door&;and three novels. Over her career, she's received a number of prestigious awards, such as the Dongin Literature Award in 1999, Hankook Ilbo Literature Prize in 2000, the Isu Literature Prize in 2004, the Oh Yeong-su Literary Award in 2008, and the Contemporary Literature (Hyundae Munhak) Award in 2009.

Janet Hong is a writer and translator based in Vancouver, Canada. Her work has appeared in Brick: A Literary Journal, Lit Hub, Asia Literary Review, Words Without Borders, and the Korea Times. She has received PEN American Center’s PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Modern Korean Literature Translation Award, and grants from English PEN, LTI Korea, and the Daesan Foundation. Her translations include Han Yujoo’s The Impossible Fairy Tale, Ancco’s Bad Friends, and Ha Seong-nan’s Flowers of Mold. She also translates works by Bae Suah and Kim Soom, among others.

Subject: Ha, Sŏng-nan, 1967- > Translations into English.
Short stories, Korean > Translations into English.
Short stories, Korean.
Genre: Translations.
Short stories.

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