City of Ash and Red

A Novel

    • 3.3 • 19 Ratings
    • $16.99
    • $16.99

Publisher Description

NAMED AN NPR GREAT READ OF 2018

From the Shirley Jackson Award–winning author of The Hole, a Kafkaesque tale of crime and punishment hailed by Korea’s Wall Street Journal as “an airtight masterpiece.”

Distinguished for his talents as a rat killer, the nameless protagonist of Hye-young Pyun's City of Ash and Red is sent by the extermination company he works for on an extended assignment in C, a country descending into chaos and paranoia, swept by a contagious disease, and flooded with trash. No sooner does he disembark than he is whisked away by quarantine officials and detained overnight. Isolated and forgotten, he realizes that he is stranded with no means of contacting the outside world. Still worse, when he finally manages to reach an old friend, he is told that his ex-wife's body was found in his apartment and he is the prime suspect. Barely managing to escape arrest, he must struggle to survive in the streets of this foreign city gripped with fear of contamination and reestablish contact with his company and friends in order to clear his reputation.

But as the man's former life slips further and further from his grasp, and he looks back on his time with his wife, it becomes clear that he may not quite be who he seems. From the bestselling author of The Hole, City of Ash and Red is an apocalyptic account of the destructive impact of fear and paranoia on people's lives as well as a haunting novel about a man’s loss of himself and his humanity.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2018
November 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Arcade
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
3.7
MB

Customer Reviews

shortiibee ,

City of ash and red

I loved the book but hated the ending. It totally left me hanging!

Bodhiboy65 ,

City of Ash and Read

This prescient novel is as scary as they come, eerily accurate in predicting the Covid pandemic, elegant and completely immersive. If Kafka and Dostoevsky had a child, this would be it!

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