Your Utopia: Stories

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$18.99  $17.66
Algonquin Books
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5.4 X 8.1 X 1.3 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Bora Chung is a writer and translator whose works include the National Book Award finalist and International Booker Prize-shortlisted Cursed Bunny. She has an MA in Russian Studies from Yale University and a PhD in Slavic literature from Indiana University. She has taught Russian language and literature and science fiction at Yonsei University and translates modern literary works from Russian and Polish into Korean.


"Unexpected, funny, thrillingly original. These stories will stick with me."--Ainslie Hogarth, author of the New York Times Best Book of the Year, Motherthing, and Normal Women
"Bora Chung's stories glisten at the border of our weird world, and all our other weird worlds. A truly sublime book."--Samantha Hunt, bestselling author of The Seas and The Unwritten Book
"This is another fantastic collection...that combines big topics such as technology, human absurdity, and mortality. And [Chung] does it in the most amazing ways."--Book Riot
"Bora Chung has proven once again that she is an undeniable maestro of the uncanny, grotesque, and posthuman. Only a consummate speculative allegorist could write a collection that functions as so haunting a mirror of our modern world, reminding us all the while that the politely deranged cannibals and lovesick AIs and beleaguered alien wives we see reflected in that mirror are really just versions of ourselves."--Rafael Frumkin, author of Confidence and The Comedown
"Hur returns as Chung's brilliant Korean-to-English cipher for eight more enigmatically irresistible stories... Chung's electrifying author's note offers provenance for many of her stories and an empathic invitation to progress 'toward a better world for both you and me.'" *STARRED REVIEW*--Booklist
"Imagining a utopia and mourning when it falls short are the first steps toward creating a better world. A big job for fiction; Chung's up to the task. The imagined worlds here may not be utopian--but the reading experience is."--Kirkus Reviews
"Chung has crafted another weird and surprising story collection...Central to the collection is an exploration of loneliness and isolation, but Chung is far too complex a writer to simply blame technology for these shortcomings... She plays with our expectations of the future, experiments with the possibilities of what could be, and sprinkles in elements from other genres to keep the stories fresh."--Chicago Review of Books
"If you are looking for stories that are reminiscent of 'Black Mirror' or that peek into the unknown, surrounding, burgeoning AI and make one generally question what it means to be human, then Your Utopia is for you."
"Uncanny atmospheres and heartfelt human insights strike an unlikely balance... Chung lingers tenderly with the emotional depths of her stories, which arise almost unexpectedly as her characters navigate surreal, speculative, and often mundanely horrifying horizons."--Shelf Awareness
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2024 by The Millions, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Book Riot, and Marie Claire.

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"Bora Chung is a writer rich in ideas with an impressive power of controlled narration and tone. Everything is thoughtful and quiet, even amid horrifying details." --The Arts Fuse