Han Kang

Han Kang - The Vegetarian (Engl. edition)

Han Kang - The Vegetarian (Engl. edition)
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  • Item/ISBN: 9781846276033
  • Publisher: Portobello
  • Year: 2015
  • Cover: Softcover
  • Pages: 183
  • Language: English
  • Class: Book

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Winner of the MAN Booker Prize 2016   Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He... more
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Winner of the MAN Booker Prize 2016


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.
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