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8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2024

Mirinae Lee

8 Reviews

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North Korea, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Second World War fiction, Korean War

A dazzlingly original, moving and thought-provoking novel about one woman's struggle to survive throughout a century of Korean history

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2024
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2024 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2024 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING

'Captivating' New York Times
'Dazzling' Financial Times
'Heartbreaking' Monica Ali SLAVE. ESCAPE-ARTIST. MURDERER. TERRORIST. SPY. LOVER. MOTHER. TRICKSTER.

At the Golden Sunset retirement home, it is not unusual for residents to invent stories. So when elderly Ms Mook first begins to unspool her memories, the obituarist listening to her is sceptical. Stories of captivity, friendship, murder, assumed identities and spying. A life that moves from WWII Indonesia to Busan during the Korean war; from cold-war Pyongyang to a Protestant church in China. The adventures are so colourful and various, at times so unbelievable. Surely they can't all belong to the same woman. Can they?

8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2024, announced on 5th March 2024.

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Praise for 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster: Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2024

  • Cross-dressing, spying, identity theft, motherhood and murder ... A dazzling feat of narrative sophistication and historical invention - Financial Times

  • A gripping story set against the backdrop of Korea's turbulent history ... brilliant and original - Washington Post

  • Mesmerising, heartbreaking ... a wild ride of a novel

  • Soaring, fierce, bold and intoxicating

  • A dazzling, visceral read. Intricately woven and playful, the prose has a brutal beating energy. At its heart is the fascinating Ms Mook, and the kaleidoscope of her life is a captivating history of Korea, a country torn apart

  • Interrogates love, identity, betrayal, and everything it takes for one shape-shifting "trickster" to survive. Lee writes with sharp, ferocious energy, and I was riveted from the first page.

  • Unflinching and tender, philosophical and mischievous, this playful novel conveys a sense of Korea's turbulent twentieth century through a charming, compelling protagonist who is not always a reliable narrator but who tells the truths that matter. I was captivated by Lee's masterful storytelling

  • Fantastically original doesn't begin to describe this exhilarating, globe-spanning, decade-hopping masterpiece. Lee has achieved the impossible - from a fractured century of agonies and betrayals, she has woven a novel of immense beauty and regeneration

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Mirinae Lee

Mirinae Lee grew up in Seoul. Her short fiction has appeared in the Antioch Review, Meridian, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Shenandoah, and the Massachusetts Review. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and children. 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster is her first novel. It has been published in the UK, the US and Italy and was a top-ten bestseller in Italy.

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