“I’m Feeling Lucky” by Leonid Kaganov, translated from the Russian by Alex Shvartsman (Clarkesworld, July 1)
Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung, translated from the Korean by Anton Hur (Honford Star, July ?)
Cursed Bunny is a genre-defying collection of short stories by Korean author Bora Chung. Blurring the lines between magical realism, horror, and science-fiction, Chung uses elements of the fantastic and surreal to address the very real horrors and cruelties of patriarchy and capitalism in modern society.
Anton Hur’s translation skilfully captures the way Chung’s prose effortlessly glides from being terrifying to wryly humorous. Winner of a PEN/Heim Grant.
Little Bird by Claudia Ulloa Donoso, translated from the Spanish (Peru) by Lily Meyer (Deep Vellum, July 20).
Blending narration and personal experience, the stories in Little Bird stretch reality, a sharp-shooting combination of George Saunders and Samanta Schweblin. Characters real and unreal, seductive, shape-changing, and baffling come together in smooth prose that leaves readers questioning their own truth.
I Am the Tiger by John Ajvide Lindqvist, translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy (Text Publishing, July 2)
A suicide epidemic is haunting Sweden’s underworld, and journalist Tommy T is determined to unmask the shadowy figure, X, who seems to be behind it. Meanwhile, Tommy’s seventeen-year-old nephew, Linus, is slowly being drawn deeper into X’s drug-dealing operation. The closer Tommy gets to the truth, the more dangerous things seem. What is the strange and mysterious force stalking Stockholm’s streets?
Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Tiang (Melville House, July 13)
In the fictional Chinese city of Yong’an, an amateur cryptozoologist is commissioned to uncover the stories of its fabled beasts. These creatures live alongside humans in near-inconspicuousness—save their greenish skin, serrated earlobes, and strange birthmarks. Aided by her elusive former professor and his enigmatic assistant, our narrator sets off to document each beast, and is slowly drawn deeper into a mystery that threatens her very sense of self.