The English edition of Bora Chung’s book “Cursed Bunny” has been nominated for the 2023 National Book Award in the translated literature category in the US. It is the only work from Asia on the long list of 10 nominations. The finalists will be announced on Oct. 3, and the winner will be selected on Nov. 15. The book was translated by Anton Hur and published by Algonquin Publishing in the US. The UK edition was previously shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2022.
The National Book Award described “Cursed Bunny” as blending genre and form to address the horrors of big tech, capitalism, and the patriarchy. The book consists of ten stories, each diving into the surreal. For example, one story involves a pregnant woman forced to identify the father of her unborn child or face consequences, while another story features a cursed lamp bringing misfortune to those who touch it.
The National Book Award is a highly prestigious literary award in the US. It recognizes exceptional works in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature. Other Korean works, such as Cho Nam-ju’s novel “Kim Ji-young, Born 1982” and Kim Bo-young’s short story collection “On the Origin of Species and Other Stories,” have also been longlisted in the translated literature category.
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