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The Cabinet de Un-su Kim
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The Cabinet (2006 original; edició 2021)

de Un-su Kim (Autor), Sean Lin Halbert (Traductor)

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Winner of the Munhakdongne Novel Award, South Korea's most prestigious literary prize. Cabinet 13 looks exactly like any normal filing cabinet...Except this cabinet is filled with files on the 'symptomers', humans whose strange abilities and bizarre experiences might just mark the emergence of a new species. But to Mr Kong, the harried office worker whose job it is to look after the cabinet, the symptomers are a headache; especially the one who won't stop calling every day, asking to be turned into a cat. A richly funny and fantastical novel about the strangeness at the heart of even the most everyday lives, from one of South Korea's most acclaimed novelists. Translated by Sean Lin Halbert… (més)
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Títol:The Cabinet
Autors:Un-su Kim (Autor)
Altres autors:Sean Lin Halbert (Traductor)
Informació:Angry Robot (2021), 304 pages
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The Cabinet de Un-su Kim (2006)

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I enjoyed the first half of The Cabinet - gentle reflections on humanity and our responses to adversity - rather more than the second; and it lost much of my good will with its fatphobia and the sudden emergence of plot in the final act.

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  imyril | Feb 18, 2022 |
I read this book as an electronic advance reading copy provided by NetGalley, and I have submitted my comments to the publisher via that web site.

This book imagines unusual, and sometimes disturbing, ways in which people adapt (or mutate?) in response to the anxieties of modern urban capitalist life. Unfortunately the ending descends into senseless gore, but as the narrator says, "That there is no moral of the story--that's the moral of the story." Recommended for all libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jan 2, 2022 |
Un-su Kim’s novel The Cabinet weaves the real and the unreal together in ways that both reflect and challenge certain assumptions of modern life. Its narrative engages both playfully and touchingly with the humanization of the unusual and the outlandish, the dehumanization suffered by people in capitalist work culture, and the complexity of being human at all in an ever-changing world.

At its finest, The Cabinet’s intricate structure and tragicomic commentary on 21st-century South Korean office culture manage the neat trick of portraying something universal through their very specificity. The boredom and alienation of people who do not feel that what they do has value is artfully juxtaposed with the desperation of people who want to be anything other than what they are, resulting in a narrative rich with empathy for many types of existential struggles.

Overall, this is a fascinating and rewarding read. I would recommend it for anyone who has ever felt alienated by work, relationships, or society at large, and for people who enjoy their absurdist literature spiked with the occasional genuine shock.

I received a free e-ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
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Winner of the Munhakdongne Novel Award, South Korea's most prestigious literary prize. Cabinet 13 looks exactly like any normal filing cabinet...Except this cabinet is filled with files on the 'symptomers', humans whose strange abilities and bizarre experiences might just mark the emergence of a new species. But to Mr Kong, the harried office worker whose job it is to look after the cabinet, the symptomers are a headache; especially the one who won't stop calling every day, asking to be turned into a cat. A richly funny and fantastical novel about the strangeness at the heart of even the most everyday lives, from one of South Korea's most acclaimed novelists. Translated by Sean Lin Halbert

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