“Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah
A mind bending, translated novel from a Korean author. It unfolds simple enough, but then twists in on itself, and some things repeat, and you start to wonder what is real, and what isn’t.
This one was surreal, and weird. It was also exciting trying to hold onto the thread and see where the author was going.
I’m not sure I still fully understand what happened in the novel, but it was a good experience with fantastic imagery. The way she describes moving through the city, and the conversations some of the characters have in the story are great.
If you want a short (152 pages), quirky book, try this out. Don’t expect a straightforward narrative though! Also, not sure why the reviews are so harsh on GoodReads. This is a solid 4 star book, if you can follow her dream-like writing.
Also read some of the much better reviews of this novel on GoodReads (excerpts below)
Bae Suah likes to challenge readers used to more conventional plot lines and character development. In “Untold Night and Day” identities are blurred, chronology is warped, time and space are stretched and exist in parallel to others.
- Kamila Kunda
Incredible. Lucid writing and translation, singular characters, and a propulsive story that pulls the rug out from under your feet. The comparison with David Lynch is apt, with recurring motifs & moving from reality to the surreal. I almost understood what was happening, but not quite. Ideas of memory & the impermanence of things, & she plays with blindness & vision. Tightly written, engaging and will give your brain a workout.
- Anna Baillie-Karas
To read Untold Night and Day is to stand on shifting ground. This is a story that always operates according to dream logic, in which identities are malleable and the impossible becomes unremarkable.
Rating: ★★★★ Book #104 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge #BookReview #Surreal #TranslatedFiction #BaeSuah”,