A Greater Music

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Open Letter
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Bae Suah is one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Korean authors, with over ten short story collections and five novels to her name. She received the Hanguk Ilbo literary prize in 2003, and the Tongseo literary prize in 2004. She has also translated several books from the German, including works by W. G. Sebald, Franz Kafka, and Jenny Erpenbeck. Nowhere to be Found, translated by Sora Kim-Russell, was the first of her books to appear in English, and was longlisted for a PEN Translation Prize.

Deborah Smith's literary translations from the Korean include two novels by Han Kang (The Vegetarian and Human Acts), and two by Bae Suah, (A Greater Music and Recitation). She also recently founded Tilted Axis Press to bring more works from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East into English.


"Bae's intriguing new title is another multilayered elegy, sure to find shelf space beside recent internationally lauded Korean imports."--Library Journal

"With concise, evocative prose, Bae merges the mundane with the strange in a way that leaves the reader fulfilled yet bewildered, pondering how exactly the author managed to pull this all off."--Korean Literature Now

"A compact, personal account of anomie and withdrawal in a time of rapid social and economic change.... An easily digested short book that nevertheless feels very substantial--a very full story. Impressive, and well worthwhile."--The Complete Review

"The mystery, like the achievement of [Nowhere to Be Found], occurs not in space, but in time."--The National