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The Korean Deleter deletes secrets

first set The smell permeated the whole of the Crocodile Building. The book at the end of last year has made us a South Korean author with the business

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The Korean Deleter deletes secrets

first set
The smell permeated the whole of the Crocodile Building.

The book
at the end of last year has made us a South Korean author with the business of the Plotter is known, the scheduler of contract killings (Un-su Kim: "The Plotter", Europa-Verlag). Now we will learn another Korean expert: the Deleter. The former police officer Dongchi Gu, the main character in the novel "Your shadow is a Monday" by Young-hyuk Kim, is actually a private detective. However, he has specialized and is now, as the Deleter is active.

This engage people to delete after your death everything that is not supposed to know posterity. For very different reasons: "Some wanted to preserve their reputation, while others prevent certain secrets came to light, and others wanted to protect someone." Since Gu jumps in: "He had to disappear, cell phones, destroyed the Computer and got books to Confetti." He is considered to be the Best in this industry. Also his friendship with a detective to help him.

The Job is not without risk, you must break the Deleter but all the time, and the data to be deleted to get hold of. And now it is really dangerous. After the mysterious death of a client suicide, accident, murder? – the Tablet is nowhere to be found. Gus's friend is determined on suspicion of murder. And the Tablet will not be also sought from other desperately, afraid of brutal violence.

The case is rather bizarre, and ensures Action and suspense. The novel lives, but much more from around. From something sordid district, in the Gu lives and works and which is under threat from redevelopment. By the people of the Crocodile Building, where there is an Italian Restaurant, an old-fashioned hardware store, a martial arts school, an Internet café, a TV series writer, and Gu and his office. And, above all, by the almost philosophical thoughts of the Deleters, the rugged compared to his fellow master, sarcastic, and grossmäulig occurs. And studied openly, what you want to retain its customers under the lid. As he considered what he'd let himself disappear, was nothing to him: "He had nothing to hide. His only secret was not to eliminate the secrets, with their elimination had commissioned him."

the title As suspect, is "Your shadow is a Monday" anything other than a conventional crime. It is a Noir novel is gloomy, but also pretty weird. The is also the finiteness of life, of the secrets in life and how to handle it. "Tell me your secret", sings Gu in the beginning. "Your secret, the shadow will stretch as time on a Monday."


Young-hyuk Kim, born in 1971 in Kimcheon in the province of North Gyeongsang in South Korea, studied literature at the Keimyung University in Daegu. He is very interested versatile and was, and is, among other things, as a Web Designer, film critic, music journalist, Editor of a culinary and travel magazine, DJ and Cartoonist. He has published in the last 13 years, more than a half-dozen books, several of which in French have been translated. He has received several awards and is considered one of the most important innovators of the Korean literature. "Your shadow is a Monday" is his first novel to appear in English.

Melissa Scrivner Love: "Lola" (Original: "Lola", Crown, New York, 2017). From the English by Sven Koch and Andrea Stumpf. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2019. 392 p., about 23 Fr.

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(editing Tamedia)

Created: 27.03.2019, 11:50 PM

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