The Impossible Fairytale

The Impossible Fairytale

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The Impossible Fairytale tells the story of the nameless 'Child', who struggles to make a mark on the world, and her classmate Mia, whose spoiled life is everything the Child's is not. At school, adults are nearly invisible, and the society the children create on their own is marked by cruelty, soul-crushing hierarchies and an underlying menace. Then, one day after hours, the Child sneaks into the classroom to add ominous sentences to her classmates' notebooks, unlocking a series of events with cataclysmically horrible consequences. But that is not the end of this eerie, unpredictable novel...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 32mm | 390g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911284096
  • 9781911284093
  • 174,626

Review quote

'The Impossible Fairytale is extraordinary. Disturbing and visceral in its depiction of the savagery of childhood, yet uplifting in its reinvention of literary form. A novel of hypnotic language, page-turning suspense and mind-bending metafictional twists, The Impossible Fairytale is the most eerie and fearlessly experimental work I have encountered in recent years.' - Susan Barker, author of The Incarnations --- 'Is this a horror story or a memoir, a work of theory or a riddle? The Impossible Fairytale does to your head what turbulence on a plane does to your stomach. While your mind is being turned inside out, pay attention to yourself laughing before you start screaming. Listen out, too, for Maurice Blanchot, who is whispering in these pages. No doubt about it, Han Yujoo is a brave and intelligent writer.' - Lara Pawson, author of This Is the Place to Be
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About Han Yujoo

Han Yujoo is the author of The Impossible Fairytale. She was born in Seoul in 1982, studied German literature at Hongik University, obtained a master's degree in aesthetics from the prestigious Seoul National University, and is currently working toward another master's degree in comparative literature from Seoul National University. She is also a noted translator, whose works include translations of Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table, and Geoff Dyer's But Beautiful and The Ongoing Moment, among others, into Korean. In addition, she runs her own micro-press, Oulipo Press, focusing on experimental fiction.
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412 ratings
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5 17% (70)
4 28% (116)
3 34% (139)
2 17% (68)
1 5% (19)
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