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The Vegetarian : Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize - Han Kang

The Vegetarian

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize

By: Han Kang, Deborah Smith (Translator)

Paperback Published: 27th January 2016
ISBN: 9781846276033
Number Of Pages: 160

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A beautiful, unsettling novel in three acts, about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - impossibly, ecstatically - a tree.

Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

About the Author

HAN KANG was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. Her writing has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award. She currently teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

DEBORAH SMITH is working on a PhD in Korean literature at SOAS, University of London. She has translated The Essayist's Desk by Bae Suah, as well as short stories by Kim Kyung-uk and Kim Ae-ran.

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This book is not for every reader. Although the novella tells the 'simple' story of a woman's desire to become a vegetarian, it subtly uncovers the ramifications of any decision which challenges a society's ideological investment in particular ideas. Why do we eat meat? Why are people more valuable than the Nature we destroy to thrive? It is a critique of humanism but also deconstructs many other established binaries.

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ISBN: 9781846276033
ISBN-10: 1846276039
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 27th January 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.15

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