Ashes and Red A Novel By Hye-young Pyun
Distinguished for his talents as a rat killer, the nameless protagonist of Hye-young Pyun's Ashes and Red is sent by the extermination company he works for on an extended assignment to the headquarters in C, a country descending into chaos and paranoia, swept by a contagious disease and with garbage collecting on the streets. 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 among the rat-infested, garbage-filled streets to survive in this foreign city gripped with fears of contamination and to reestablish contact with his company and friends and 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 to be. From the bestselling author of The Hole, Ashes 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.
TitleAshes and Red
SubtitleA Novel
AuthorBy Hye-young Pyun
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published6 November 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.

About the author

Hye-young Pyun made her literary debut in Korean in 2000 when she won the Seoul Shinmun annual New Writer's Contest with her short story "Shaking Off Dew." She has gone on to publish four short story collections and two novels, including The Hole (Arcade Publishing). She has received several of Korea's most prestigious literary awards, including the Yi-sang Literary Award in 2014 and the Hyundae Munhak Award in 2015. She lives in Seoul, Korea.

Praise for The Hole:

"Hye-young Pyun's The Hole is a masterwork of suspense, and a profound meditation on grief, solitude, and secrecy. At once unsettling and richly moving, The Hole is vital novel, a gift from a wildly inventive writer." —Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me

"Like Hitchcock or Abe, Pyun peers head on into the unnerving depths of human grief with the most methodical of eye, logically narrating our descent into such a clear, uncanny terror we hope to remind ourselves its only just a book, one wound from end to end with an exquisite magic that refuses to let go." —Blake Butler, author of 300,000,000

“While reading The Hole, you’ll find yourself suddenly doubting everything. Pyun is asking us a tough and terrifying question that none can dodge: Is your life safe?” —Kyung-sook Shin, New York Times bestselling author of Please Look After Mom

"By the time Hye-young Pyun's taut psychological thriller The Hole has tightened its grip on the unsuspecting mind, it's too late to escape. The shadows lurking in the novel become manifest, and dark poetic justice reigns. . . . The Hole is an unshakable novel about the unfathomable depths of human need." —Shelf Awareness

"Winner of many of Korea's top literary prizes and accolades, Pyun proves to be an effectively chilling storyteller whose expert narrative manipulations should earn new followers." —Booklist

“Fissures in life offer a glimpse of the truth that starts not from others but from us and that we are all oblivious to.” —Maeil Business News Korea

“Reminiscent of Stephen King’s Misery, Hye-young Pyun’s The Hole shows off her unique style of steadily rising terror with this dark tale of a man utterly cut off from his life.” —Munhwa Ilbo (Korea)

"[A] disconcerting and often sinister story." —Korea Herald
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