Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Indie Book Buzz: Tilted Axis Press

It's a great day for some Indie Book Buzz here at TNBBC. 
It's back again and we're inviting members of the indie publishing houses to share some of the upcoming 2016 releases they are most excited about!

This week's pick is brought to you by Simon Collinson, 
Digital Producer at Tilted Axis Press

One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun
Release date: 3 October

​What it's about: An oblique, hard-edged novel tinged with offbeat fantasy, One Hundred Shadows is set in a slum electronics market in central Seoul – an area earmarked for demolition in a city better known for its shiny skyscrapers and slick pop videos. Here, the awkward, tentative relationship between Eungyo and Mujae, who both dropped out of formal education to work as repair-shop assistants, is made yet more uncertain by their economic circumstances, while their matter-of-fact discussion of a strange recent development – the shadows of the slum’s inhabitants have started to ‘rise’ – leaves the reader to make up their own mind as to the nature of this shape-shifting tale.

Why you should read it: One Hundred Shadows is the first novel to appear in English from Hwang Jungeun, the writer Han Kang – winner of this year's Man Booker International Prize – has named as her favourite. It's a wonderful mish-mash of genres: at once speculative fiction, hard-edged social critique, a sweet love story, and poetic impressionism, brilliantly translated by Jung Yewon. Early reviewers are comparing it to 'the best of Haruki Murakami', so if any of the above appeals, you should definitely take a look.


Simon Collinson is the Digital Producer at Tilted Axis Press. He is an Australian editor, web developer, and ebook producer currently working at Canelo​, a digital publisher based in London​. He tweets at @Simon_Collinson.

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