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Kim, Un-Su

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1972-    ) South Korean author whose first novel Kaebinit (2006; trans Sean Lin Halbert as The Cabinet 2021), deftly Equipoises a Satirical portrait of a late capitalist world in which humans are rigorously defined by surrealistically reductive labels (see Absurdist SF) against an subtextual implication that a Genetic Engineering project (see Eugenics) underlies the patent humiliation of Homo sapiens.

The protagonist of Kim's second novel, Seolgyejadeul (2010; trans Sora Kim-Russell as The Plotters 2018), which is set in an Alternate World version of Seoul riven by exploitative assassination guilds, is caught in a less punitive world of mensuration, as his headquarters is a Library, and his heterodox behaviour as a trained assassin may do something to clear the air. [JC]

Un-Su Kim

born Busan, South Korea: 1972


  • Kaebinit (Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea: Munhakdongne Publishing Corporation, 2006) [binding unknown/]
    • The Cabinet (New York: Angry Robot Books, 2021) [trans by Sean Lin Halbert of the above: pb/]
  • Seolgyejadeul (Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea: Munhakdongne Publishing Corporation, 2010) [binding unknown/]
    • The Plotters (Melbourne, Victoria: The Text Publishing Company, 2018) [trans by Sora Kim-Russell of the above: hb/W H Chong]


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