Pavlov skillfully navigates the razor-thin gap between dark comedy and tragedy, making the novel more humane and serious than many satires.
For her nineteenth book, "Life Form," Nothomb has applied her preternaturally original mind to two favorite subjects—writing and “superhunger”
The experience of reading Revenge is like getting caught in a beautiful, lethal web.
The mere use of everyday language is a subversive act in the North Korean literary context.
After that day, I had no mother.
Because his poetry did not exalt Party ideology, his life could only end in tragedy.
Nothing to offer but themselves / In Pyongyang’s marketplace
With rations cut off, people began to starve.
Food bartered for your sister’s chastity.
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