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At Least we can Apologize

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Publisher: , 2014
Original title: 사과는 잘해요, 2009
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At Least We can Apologize focuses on an agency whose only purpose is to offer apologies–for a fee–on behalf of its clients. This seemingly insignificant service leads us into an examination of sin, guilt, and the often irrational demands of society. A kaleidoscope of minor nuisances and major grievances, this novel heralds a new comic voice in Korean letters.

LKL says:

What do you do to make money when you have a limited set of skills? In this dark comedy the two central characters, who find themselves unexpectedly set free from a mysterious mental institution, are able to pack socks into boxes, and they can apologise. They can’t get work in the outside world doing the former, so they find themselves setting up in business apologising for people instead.

LKL rating: score-2score-2score-2score-2score-1. Read our review of this book here.

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