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The Disaster Tourist (Paperback)

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By Yun Ko-Eun, Lizzie Buehler (Translator)
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This darkly comedic eco-thriller is an urgent, ingenious commentary on climate change, global capitalism, the First World’s morbid interest in the areas devastated by poverty and disasters. The novel, translated from the Korean, tells the story of a remote island under the risk of oblivion. Desperate to keep the tourist business, the locals are secretly working on a plan to fabricate a catastrophe—but only a few understand the real cost of such a risky endeavor… Unputdownable! 

— Ksenia

August 2020 Indie Next List


“This book is about every sort of disaster that can happen: ecological, economic, social, moral, and even the unexpected. When Yona, a designer of ‘disaster tours’ for a travel company, is forced to go on a business trip to a remote island, she gets caught up with making a disaster of her own. This book brilliantly peels back the layers of ecotourism, capitalism, and all the ways we are complicit in creating catastrophes. A shocking, thought-provoking book that’s also a great read.”
— Dan Schwartz, Changing Hands Bookstore & First Draft Book Bar, Phoenix, AZ

Description


Welcome to the desert island of Mui, where a paid vacation to paradise is nothing short of a disaster in this "mordantly witty novel that] reads like a highly literary, ultra-incisive thriller (Refinery29).

Jungle is a cutting-edge travel agency specializing in tourism to destinations devastated by disaster and climate change. And until she found herself at the mercy of a predatory colleague, Yona was one of their top representatives. Now on the verge of losing her job, she's given a proposition: take a paid "vacation" to the desert island of Mui and pose as a tourist to assess the company's least profitable holiday.

When she uncovers a plan to fabricate an extravagant catastrophe, she must choose: prioritize the callous company to whom she's dedicated her life, or embrace a fresh start in a powerful new position? An eco-thriller with a fierce feminist sensibility, The Disaster Tourist introduces a fresh new voice to the United States that engages with the global dialogue around climate activism, dark tourism, and the #MeToo movement.

About the Author


YUN KO-EUN is the author of several novels and short story collections published in South Korea. She is a recipient of the Hankyoreh Literary Award, the Lee Hyo-seok Literary Award, and the Kim Yong-ik Literary Award. The Disaster Tourist is her second book to be published in English. She lives in Seoul, South Korea. LIZZIE BUEHLER studied comparative literature at Princeton University and holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. Her writing and short translations appear in Asymptote, Azalea Magazine, Litro, The Massachusetts Review, and Translation Review.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781640094161
ISBN-10: 1640094164
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: August 4th, 2020
Pages: 208
Language: English
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Created At: 11/17/2019 05:24pm
Last Updated At: 11/27/2020 01:01pm
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