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Surreal Realities and Cursed Bunnies with Bora Chung


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Join award-winning South Korean author Bora Chung as she takes Melbourne audiences on a journey through her internationally acclaimed collection of haunting short stories, Cursed Bunny.


With its unique blend of horror, speculative fiction and folklore, Bora Chung’s Cursed Bunny explores the cruelties and violence of patriarchy and capitalism in modern society. The chilling short story collection garnered international acclaim, was shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize and won the PEN/HEIM Translation Grant, marking Chung as a global star of contemporary South Korean literature.

Appearing in Melbourne for the first time, Chung joins Paige Clark in conversation to share the process of creating Cursed Bunny, the intricacies of translation, and the use of horror and speculative fiction to expose the weirdness of societal forces and the power they exert.

This event is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.


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From South Korea to Mozambique, the UK to Vietnam, India to the USA – World of Words brings together some of the world’s most exciting writers and thinkers as they share insights, ideas and inspiration from their internationally acclaimed careers.


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Bora Chung

Bora Chung is a writer and translator. Among her works, Cursed Bunny, a collection of short stories, has been translated into English and published by Honford Star. Cursed Bunny was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2022. She is currently the president of Science Fiction Writers Unio... Read more

Paige Clark

Paige Clark is a writer, researcher and teacher. Her first book of fiction, She Is Haunted, was shortlisted for the Readings Prize and longlisted for the Stella Prize.


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