Booker Prize Finalist Chung Bora's horror novel about a man who can see the dead. As the man solves the mystery surrounding the death of his bully colleague, he discovers violence and the hidden truth.
- Book Intro
(English) Dreams of the Dead
A woman holding the secret of life, and a man holding the secret of death.
Booker Prize Finalist Chung Bora's Novel.
The eerie story of people who commited unhuman deeds and running into those that are not humans.
Taekyoung, gifted with the ability to see the dead, hears the news that his colleague who used to bully him was killed in a car accident. After the news, Taekyoung suffers from the same nightmare, and the dead colleague follows him around in dreams and reality, pleading with him to uncover the truth surrounding his death.
Seongyeon, born dead, lives an emotionless life. She ran into Taekyoung and lives off of the life energy from Taekyoung who abuses her sexually.
Harrassed by the dead colleague, Taekyoung starts to investigate the case and learns about another woman who was killed in the same car accident. The piece of evidence that he found gradually kills Taekyoung and ruins the people around him. Seongyeon, living off of the warmth from Taekyoung, tries to keep away from him -- who is enchanted by the spirit of the woman burnt to death. However, she finds other men disturbing, and she simply can't give up on Taekyoung.
Seongyeon can't keep turning a blind eye to Taekyoung suffering from the spirits, and she allows herself to be possessed by the woman's spirit. Meanwhile, as the two continue to investigate the case, men in black come to abduct them. When the two barely escape, the wife of the dead man finds the two...
In the process of the investigation, Taekyoung realize that his violence was similar to that of the dead man and faces the truth of life and death.
Eerie throughout the entire volume, this book examines violence and death up-close and discusses those that we must keep away from and be angry at.
- About the Author
(English) Bora Chung studied liberal arts at Yonsei University and earned her M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Slavic literature from Indiana University. As a Russian major, she fell in love with bizarre novels written by authors no one knew in Korea. She earned her M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Russian and Polish literature from Indiana University. She writes and translates science fiction and fantasy literature. She won the 3rd Digital Writers' Awards' Distinction Award in 2008 with her novella The Fox, and the 1st SF Awards with her short story The Seed. In 2022, she was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize.