Author: Chung Bora
Publisher: Honford Star
Publication Date: 2021
Genre: Short Stories
Source: Xmas Gift
Cursed Bunny is a genre-defying
collection of short stories by Korean author Bora Chung. Blurring the
lines between magical realism, horror, and science-fiction, Chung uses
elements of the fantastic and surreal to address the very real horrors
and cruelties of patriarchy and capitalism in modern society.
Anton Hur’s translation skilfully captures the way Chung’s prose effortlessly glides from being terrifying to wryly humorous. Winner of a PEN/Heim Grant.
Cursed Bunny was a delightful collection of eclectic tales. Some I enjoyed more than others but all were interesting in different ways. The stories crossed several genres, some slightly macabre, others zany, but they all drew me in. I don't want to say too much about the stories and risk spoilers, but if you enjoy contemporary, genre-bending fiction and short story format, I recommend giving Cursed Bunny a try. On the strength of this collection, I would certainly like to read more from Chung Bora in the future. This anthology gets 5 stars from me.