The first collection of stories by Amil, the winner of the 2018 & 2020 SF Awards.
- Book Intro
The six stories in RoadKill vary in length, subject, and narrative. “Rabi” brings to life a vast universe, and is quite unusual compared to traditional novellas. The title story “RoadKill” successfully weaves a near-future dystopian universe into a length that fits the short story format. “Welcome to the Alps Grand Park” depicts post-COVID Korean society from the viewpoints of various characters, and “Door Viewer” follows the plot of a thriller, to talk about gaslighting and sexual violence in literary circles. All the pieces show an outstanding quality, each carrying its own unique rhythm.
Amil’s novels are for readers in contemporary times. At the same time, they explore traditional themes. The author once said herself that she wanted to write a story using the all-time literary theme of “the damsel in distress.” This genre traditionally entails mythical heroes embarking on a journey, whilst the feminine characters are generally not recommended to embark on adventures. But Amil’s girls do. Without any superpowers, a competent helper, and lacking absolute perfection. Instead, the innocence they keep inside themselves allows them to be fascinated by the world.
The book cover illustration is also related to the theme. Illustrator Bang, Sang-ho is a world-renowned artist who worked on BTS’ 4th full album Map Of The Soul: 7, and NCT’s mini-album Cherry Bomb. The cover illustration entitled “ego” demonstrates a scene in which the first-ever woman confronts the world in a raw state. RoadKill definitely delves into a serious theme, but the way it is told is not as dark as the older generation would have written it. Especially, the dedication at the end of “RoadKill” notes, “To the girl band, OH MY GIRL,” which openly reveals that the author was inspired by the “idol band” culture and that her works carry contemporary characteristics. Thus, RoadKill proves that even today, there are literary works that defy social problems and that such works are written by the younger generation whom the older generation had previously criticized as being “childish and immature.”
- About the Author
(English) A novelist, a translator, and an essayist. She releases novels under the pen name of “Amil,” and translates English literature under her real name, “Kim Ji-hyeon.” She aims to create and expand literary discourses, crossing the boundaries between creation and translation, reality and fantasy, and different genres. She won the bronze prize at the Daesan Teen Literature Award with her short story, Always Want a Cartoonist; the excellence award at the 2018 SF Awards in the novella/short story category with the short story, RoadKill; and the grand prize at the 2020 SF Awards in the novella/short story category with the novella Rabi. She wrote the essay collection Gingerbread—A Story about Novels, Food and Translation, and translated into Korean Fabulous Monsters, Haunted, Method 15/33, Katherine Anne Porter, and Giovanni’s Room.