Sometimes you come across a story that haunts you in such a way that you don’t even see gore. But you wake in the middle of the night disoriented and wondering, grasping at those last utterances fading from your mind, half afraid you’ll catch them. Pyun Hye-young’s “Bodies” does just that. Translated by Sora Kim-Russell, the story kicks off with this:
The phone call came about a month after his wife had gone missing. A body part appearing to belong to a woman had been discovered in a ravine. It was the same ravine where his wife was presumed to have drowned. He told the officer he would leave first thing in the morning and hung up. It was a five-hour drive to U City, not counting the time it would take to stop at a rest area for a bowl of udon noodles. Even if he left right away, he would not reach the police station that was handling the case until after two in the morning.
A right leg had been found.
What a start. And the journey to the end is as imaginative as it is haunting. Check it out.