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Diary of a Murderer by Kim Young-ha (Author)

Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories

Kim Young-ha (Author)

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Imprint: Atlantic Books
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 2 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781838950040

Diary of a Murderer is a collection of wild, dark, erotic stories, including the blackly funny tale of a former serial killer suffering from memory loss, who sets his sights on one final target: his daughter's boyfriend.

4 stars out of 5
1 Jan 2020

"dark and funny tales reflect a changing political climate"

Kim employs a wry, detached style throughout this collection. There’s much dark humour, which spills into absurd comedy in his final tale “The Writer”, an erotic fable set in the publishing business. At times it all seems a bit too coldly ironic, but there are flashes of emotion behind the deadpan wit. In “Missing Child” a boy recovering from a kidnapping is unable to break the maternal attachment he has for his female abductor. Emotional displacement is the heart of the matter and Kim reminds us of the peril, in our personal lives as well as in society at large, of forgetting our history.