Cursed Bunny

Finalist, National Book Awards 2023 for Translated Literature

ISBN 9781643753607
Algonquin Books / Hachette Book Group
Author photo of Bora Chung. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Arzak)
Bora Chung

Bora Chung has written three novels and three collections of short stories. She has an MA in Russian and East European area studies from Yale University and a PhD in Slavic literature from Indiana University. More about this author >

Anton Hur. (Photo credit: Anton Hur)
Anton Hur

Anton Hur was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He won an English PEN Translates award for Kang Kyeong-ae's The Underground Village, and his translation of Sang Young Park’s Love in the Big City was longlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2022. More about this author >

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Translated from the Korean

From the publisher:

A stunning, wildly original debut from a rising star of Korean literature—surreal, chilling fables that take on the patriarchy, capitalism, and the reign of big tech with absurdist humor and a (sometimes literal) bite.

From an author never before published in the United States, Cursed Bunny is unique and imaginative, blending horror, sci-fi, fairy tales, and speculative fiction into stories that defy categorization. By turns thought-provoking and stomach-turning, here monsters take the shapes of furry woodland creatures and danger lurks in unexpected corners of everyday apartment buildings. But in this unforgettable collection, translated by the acclaimed Anton Hur, Chung’s absurd, haunting universe could be our own.

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Eerie, unsettling, and wildly imaginative, Cursed Bunny delves into the crevices of the psyche and the fissures of society, excavating tales that range from the uncanny to the downright horrifying. Mordant humor leavens the darkness of these virtuosic short stories, fantastical yet grounded in the realities of our world. This collection covers a swathe of genres and subjects, unified by Bora Chung’s distinctive sensibility and Anton Hur’s atmospheric translation. Thrilling and thought-provoking.


Bora Chung and Anton Hur at the 2023 National Book Awards Finalist Reading