The Korean Literature Night (KLN) is a monthly discussion group that explores various themes and topics relating to that month’s chosen book.
We will read the novel ‘The Cabinet’ by Un-Su Kim in February to celebrate the book launch.
Author Un-Su Kim and moderator Phillip Kim will join us for a live virtual talk about his novel ‘The Cabinet’. Following the talk, Un-Su Kim will respond to questions from the audience. This event is co-organised with the publisher Angry Robot.
- Event Date: Wednesday 23rd February 12 PM-1:30 PM (UK time)
- Venue: ZOOM Webinar
- Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details by 4th February 2022.
The event is free of charge. The posting a free copy of the book for the first thirty people who RSVP for the event has now closed. The Publisher ‘Angry Robot Books’ provides a discount code of 20% off for ‘The Cabinet’ when you order through the Angry Robot website. Please type Cabinet20 into the box when prompted. This coupon is valid until 31st March. you can purchase the book through the Book Link.
The Cabinet is a story about the documents that record these symptomers and the man who manages the documents in Cabinet 13. This seemingly ordinary, old cabinet is filled with stories that are peculiar, strange, eye-pop- ping, disgusting, enraging, and touching. However, the fast changing world is also full of all sorts of unbelievable things. Perhaps symptomers exist not only in the novel but also in the real world. Perhaps some of us do not accept our past and instead, erase our memories and create new ones. Some of us might want to become a wooden doll or a cat rather than live in pain as a human. And if you look around, you can find those who can love no one but themselves or their alter egos.
In this novel, the cabinet is a container that holds all the truths of the world. Un-su Kim puts truth into the cabinet “as it is” and keeps it fresh under prop- er temperature and moisture, utilizing his precise prose and rich style. The moment you turn the last page of the book, you will come to think about which strange stories are inside your own cabinet. And you will be also curious about what story the author will pull out of his cabinet next time.
Un-Su Kim made his debut as a writer in 2002 through the Jinju News Fall Literary Contest with short stories, “Easy Breezy Writing Class” and “Dan Valjean Street” and the 2003 DongA Ilbo Spring Literary Contest with his mid-length novel “Farewell, Friday.” His first full-length novel The Cabinet received the 12th Munhakdongne Novel Award. Kim’s novel “The Plotters” was released in English in the year 2018, and he won a Grand Prix de Literature Policiere (which is a French prize for the best international crime novel).
Phillip Kim is a banker turned author/publisher based in London. His debut novel Nothing Gained is a financial thriller published by Penguin Book Group in March 2013. He is currently working on his second novel and other writing projects. He has been the Managing Editor of the Asia Literary Review and served on an advisory board of London's Asia House. He remains active in a promoting Asia-related literature events.