The Great Wall
‘They've been making every imaginable special case for him for all eternity, they even sing hymns in his honour’.
The Gorilla’s Apprentice
‘Real life was the thin couch he slept on at home. Real life was his mother screaming that he needed to face Real Life.’
Bucket of Eels
‘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.’
White | State of Mind
‘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.
A Double-Income Family
When Mrs Mehra leaves Delhi she retires in one of ‘the vast new satellite townships on the eastern fringes of the metropolis’.
Startled In The Dark
‘Morning and dusk are by far the best times of day in Africa. The sun is scorching, but these times allow you to live.'
Here Comes the Sun | New Voices
‘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.’
God Bless You, 2011
‘Allow me to give you this fish. As a memento of our day together.’
The Moon and the Batteries
‘His full name was Mr Harutsuna Matsumoto, but I called him ‘Sensei’. Not ‘Mr’ or ‘Sir’, just ‘Sensei’.’
About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her
‘If I were to forget, then it would be the same as it never having existed at all.’
In Between Talking about The Elephant
‘I discover some rough skin on her elbow. I run my tongue along it’.
You Go When You Can No Longer Stay
‘It is not so much that we are splitting up that is really worrying me, it is the fact that she keeps quoting Martin Amis.’
Man Walks Into A Bar
‘I had been living abroad for twelve years and I was gaun hame, maybe forever, maybe a month.‘
In the not-so-distant future, middle-class underachievers are faced with a difficult choice: prison or motivational business classes.
Failing to Fall
‘This is the one thing I know from the minute I lift the receiver and slip that voice inside my ear: it will happen.‘
’Thirty years I’m a cabbie,’ the small guy sitting behind the wheel tells me, ’thirty years and not one accident.’
‘It was eating oysters, four hundred of the bivalve sons-of-bitches, that finally killed my father, in a theatre-bar off St Martin's Lane.‘
The Last Place on Earth
‘The living-room windows begin to reflect the lights on the plastic Christmas tree, and the view through those windows is fading, the woods growing thicker, the birches glowing in the dusk.’
’On the day my career at Fireplace Mutual began, six of us recruits filed into the smoke-filled office of the Supervisor of Adjusters, Mr Kreisky.’