Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

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Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

Cursed Bunny: Shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize

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The talking head is revealed to be a lumpy, sentient being formed from the protagonist’s bodily waste. If the aesthetics of the book are the only thing of quality, think again; Cursed Bunny, is without any doubt, THE best short story collection I have read in a long time. I feel like it’s so easy to take the stories for face value but when you read deeper into it and learn why she wrote them, everything blends together and just makes sense. When the rabbits unleashed by the fetish begin to “multiply and chew up everything in sight” in myriad, nightmarish ways, they are a potent metaphor for not only the relentless, corrosive desire for vengeance but also capitalist greed.

There are a couple of Grimm-like fables, Snare being a most disquieting effort about a fox that bleeds gold. She goes slightly insane with the thought of it growing in her toilet while her family around her seem nonchalant. Stories such as the extremely disturbing The Head show that we cannot run from our troubles or hide them away, and doing so only hurts us more in the long run. A few of my GR friends raved about it and it prompted me to read a sample story I found on the internet. You can’t even remember what the fuss was all about and wish you had spent the day doing something else instead.Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. The darker, more disturbing stories are at the start—mostly—and I have to say these were my favourites. We offer 1st class (express) or 2nd class (standard) postage options, and use Royal Mail as our primary postal service. The titular story was no better, a literal rabbit curse that sends people twitching and sitting in roads. But even though many of the issues she’s invested in, and the forms she’s experimenting with, are ones that interest me too, I found the overall impact curiously flat, there was very little that lingered on in my thoughts as I reached the end of these - with the possible exception of the title story and aspects of “Reunion” and “Snare.

The 1-star is really just to rage against the longest story in the collection, "Scars", which is one of the worst short stories I've read in a long time. Chung, on the other hand, employs short story collections to explore several genres and styles with such grace, brevity, and directness that many novels lack. Trauma becomes a key aspect of these stories, with characters pushed to their limits or reacting to the world around them as informed by the horrors visited upon them.

My toilet is no longer the safe place I once knew, and I’m never touching a bunny lamp no matter what. Covering subjects such as beauty, pregnancy and child birth, consumerism, love, revenge, every action has a reaction and the meaning of life itself. The stories effectively mix genres (anti-realist would perhaps be a good label) and also horror with humour.

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