The Cabinet is a sly, whimsical satire of life in late-stage capitalism, slippery and surreal... a kind of echoing chamber in which the comic, heartbreaking and terrifying bounce against, amplify and distort one another.
- Amar El-Mohtar , The New York Times
[A] brilliant mosaic novel...These stories straddle the lines between science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, and acute reality.- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Deftly translated by award-winning Halbert, Kim's latest import...again showcases his sly, surreal, dark humor about all the ways humans are, well, not particularly human.- Booklist
What begins as a rather whimsical set of stories turns into a much darker novel, raising issues of difference and acceptance, what people must do to survive, and what is truly monstrous.- the Guardian
Surprising and enchanting - The Washington Post
Un-su Kim is a tremendous writer.- Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan
This charming and fantastical book is sure to introduce Kim to a whole new legion of weird fiction fans, ideal for readers of Han Kang's The Vegetarian
and the works of Haruki Murakami.
- Chicago Review of Books The Cabinet
is an anti-capitalist narrative at its core, one that makes explicit the arbitrariness of capitalist expectations and assumptions. Kim deftly juggles both macro-level and micro-level ideas about social roles, purpose, and personal narrative. More of a thought experiment than a thriller, The Cabinet
is a lighthearted, amusing read that nonetheless dives into some deep philosophical topics.
- Strange Horizons