REVIEW: THE ACCUSATION BY BANDI, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

How do you review a book like Bandi's The Accusation? People literally risked their lives to smuggle it out of North Korea, concealing it between works by King Sung-Il, the current dictator's grandfather, who was himself the country's dictator between 1948 and his death in 1994. The author (whose true name remains unknown--"bandi" means firefly) … Continue reading REVIEW: THE ACCUSATION BY BANDI, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

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BOOK REVIEW: HUMAN ACTS, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)

I read the final 60 pages of Human Acts at the circus. I'd accompanied my wife at a handstand class, and as I waited for it to be finished, all around me people were doing the most shocking¬†things with their bodies. Squeezing their toes, tensing their feet, stretching their arms, faces reddening with effort, veins … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: HUMAN ACTS, BY HAN KANG, TRANSLATED BY DEBORAH SMITH (2017)