The Library is a collection of Chihoi’s short stories, translated in English for the first time, published by the Canadian publisher Conundrum Press. The stories include “Summer”, “Papa”, “Sorry”, “Canine”, “Sea”, “I’m with my Saint”, and the new stories released for the first time – “The Library”, and “The Borrowed Books”.
From the publisher:
“Reading the short stories included in this volume is like reading someone else’s dreams. “The Library” or “Father” reminds one of Kafka; “I’m with my Saint” feels Gauginesque. All the stories feel like smudged emotions, they speak to regular hurt and deprivation, strength in silence and loneliness in numbers. Questions are asked without question marks and are left unanswered even as the stories end. The Library is book of beautiful pencil lines, written to illustrate the tales we know in our heart but have never witnessed.”
“Chihoi is a poet of the quotidian, of life’s minutia, of little gestures, of silences. He is also the poet of the invisible, invoking the spirit of a dead person or a lost love, and rendering him/her real. He offers us his stories with a little melancholy at the corner of his smile and he illuminates them with a warm spark. He imbues them with a rhythm, like a conversation, by the pauses. His stories are more complicated than they appear, they are open and complex and full of little contradictions and they resonate long after we turn the last page. They are like the calm after a storm, when the wind finally dies down and the landscape is revealed anew.”
Conundrum Press / May 2013
Edited by andy brown
Introduction by Christian Gasser / Translated from French by Helge Dascher
18.5cm x 24.7cm．Offset printing