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The Cabinet

By Un-su Kim & Sean Lin Halbert
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Publisher Description

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

File UnderFiction [ 12,000 Cans of Beer | Memory Mosaicers | Will Execution Inc. | Monkey of All Bombs ]

5 Reviews

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Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenFunny writingSuspensefulDark settingDarkThought-provokingViolenceUnsatisfying ending
Thinking Face“Maybe the style of the book is not for me but i couldnt help but not feel invested. I liked some aspects of this book but like I really did not enjoy it otherwise. It was weirdly boring as a whole. The audiobook narrator also threw me off sometimes with some of the voices and I dont think i could take the story seriously. I’m sure some people can enjoy it but its just really not for me”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingUnpredictableDark settingThought-provokingHomophobiaMisogynyBad writingUnengaging characters
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Colorful personalitiesDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenComplex
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Easy to readWhimsicalAddictiveImmersive settingDarkThought-provoking

About Un-su Kim

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.

Other books by Un-su Kim

Sean Lin Halbert

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