‘What China loses by the sword it retakes by silk.’
‘Real life was the thin couch he slept on at home. Real life was his mother screaming that he needed to face Real Life.’
‘I was gazing into my empty bowl and realizing how little time it takes to eat when you’re not carrying on a conversation.’
‘She was both scared about what it meant – a terrible raid; everyone sensed it – and furious with herself for not planning better.’
‘It wasn’t until the end of dinner, when my aunt started clearing and my grandmother demanded another bottle of wine, that I began to understand.’
‘I steadied my trembling legs and yelled, “Welcome to Delira!” ’
‘It was late May when I first saw the bruises on my wife’s body.’
‘I was told that she was a girl, with a face as white as a crescent-moon rice cake.’ New writing from Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith.
When Mrs Mehra leaves Delhi she retires in one of ‘the vast new satellite townships on the eastern fringes of the metropolis’.
‘Morning and dusk are by far the best times of day in Africa. The sun is scorching, but these times allow you to live.'
‘There is a demonstration on the other side of La Paz.’
‘It’s more love than anyone has ever felt, I’m sure. I have an urge to donate it to children in Africa, or give it to the girl that works the kiosk in the mall. I’ll give it to a lonely continent.’
‘Whale arrived at work a little after seven with black circles round his eyes’.
‘She was living as herself, in herself, without ever thinking about what that meant.’
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