Posted on October 8, 2021 in
DEAR CYBORGS author Eugene Lim’s next book, SEARCH HISTORY, published this week to much fanfare. The Washington Post offered an excellent review, calling the novel “an authentic expression of a mind striving to comprehend the inexplicable cruelties of the universe and humanity’s most proper response,” adding: “Fans of Haruki Murakami’s melancholy, oneiric tales will also delight in Lim’s assault upon consensus reality.” Granta featured an excerpt from the book on its website, and Lim sat down for a Q&A with Poets & Writers. When asked about the most challenging part of writing the novel, Lim said: “Even if there are many things going on in it, I think at its heart this novel is a book about grief. And writing about that subject while enduring its wound makes you doubt yourself, makes you wonder whether one is being honest or honoring or insensitive or sentimentalizing. I wanted to articulate and be honest to the emotion of grief but also I wanted it to be both original and transformed by and into fiction—not so that the emotion was made into mere artifice but so that the artifice and strong emotions could stand together without either feeling manipulated or made false by the other.” Coffee House Press published SEARCH HISTORY on October 5, 2021.