Diary of a Murderer (Paperback)
And Other Stories
Mariner Books, 9781328545428, 208pp.
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
It’s been twenty-five years since I last murdered someone, or has it been twenty-six?
Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his daughter’s boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family’s disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else.
From “one of South Korea’s best and most worldly writers” (NPR), Diary of a Murderer is chilling and high-powered all the way through.
“Kim is expert at finding the humanity inside the other, the comedy inside the tragedy, and the twisted within the seemingly normal.” — CrimeReads
About the Author
YOUNG-HA KIM is the author of seven novels—four published in the United States, including the acclaimed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself and the award-winning Black Flower—and five short-story collections. He has won every major Korean literature award, and his works have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Seoul, South Korea.
Praise For Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories…
—NYLON, "50 Books You'll Want to Read in 2019"
“Kim is expert at finding the humanity inside the other, the comedy inside the tragedy, and the twisted within the seemingly normal. In his short story collection Diary of A Murder, the titular novella guides us through the deteriorating mind of a serial killer as he tries to save his daughter from becoming victim to another killer in town before he succumbs to Alzheimer’s, while subsequent short stories showcasing an O. Henry-level irony mixed with an Italo Calvino style of humanism.”
—CrimeReads, "The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019"
"A breath of fresh air."
—Amazon Book Review
"In the title novella of the collection, an elderly man considers coming out of retirement for one last job to save his daughter from the fiancé he believes wants to murder her. He’s not a retired detective or a bodyguard, though; he’s a former serial killer. The last story, 'The Writer,' opens with an anecdote about a man who is convinced he is a corncob. Needless to say, I’m already beguiled."
—Huffington Post, "61 Books We’re Looking Forward To Reading In 2019"
"These tales of obsession reverberate with the hard, cool, and dryly comic voice of one of South Korea's most versatile writers . . . Creeping anxiety and Kafkaesque humor meld in [the] deceptively intricate novella...The other three stories retain the first one's chilliness (sustained nicely with help from Lee's translation) . . . A lively, enthralling introduction to [Kim's] eclectic artistry."
"Kim delicately weaves philosophical debates on the nature of happiness andmorality into his characters’ inner narrations. Both jarring and atmospheric, this is a cerebrally satisfyingcollection."
"This dark, innovative story collection from Kim is rife with grim plots and unreliable narrators . . . The best stories are engrossing and disturbing, and are excellent showcases of Kim’s talent.."