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The Vegetarian

By Han Kang
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Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE • “[Han] Kang viscerally explores the limits of what a human brain and body can endure, and the strange beauty that can be found in even the most extreme forms of renunciation.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Ferocious.”—The New York Times Book Review (Ten Best Books of the Year)
“Both terrifying and terrific.”—Lauren Groff
“Provocative [and] shocking.”—The Washington Post

Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams—invasive images of blood and brutality—torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It’s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself. 
Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman’s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.

One of the Best Books of the Year—BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Time, Elle, The Economist, HuffPost, Slate, Bustle, The St. Louis Dispatch, Electric Literature, Publishers Weekly

301 Reviews

Thinking Face“Somehow the general mood feels very quiet and calm, but events themselves are the opposite. The sentences are immersive and beautiful.”
Beautifully writtenUnpredictableDark settingThought-provokingSexual assault
Thinking Face“Strange, dark, and nihilistic. Like many other reviewers say, the story does not go in a direction I’d expect. I enjoyed the different perspectives throughout the story and loved the writing.”
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingUnpredictableDarkThought-provoking
Thinking Face“This book went into a direction I did not expect and I really enjoyed that!! It was so disturbing sometimes which made it extremely interesting to read. I really love Han Kang’ writing!!”
Believable charactersMulti-layered charactersThrillingDarkMeaningfulMemorable
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
TwistyUnpredictableDark settingDarkAbuseSexual assaultViolence
Anxious Face with sweat
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingOriginal writingSuspensefulUnpredictableBeautiful settingImmersive settingDarkHeartbreakingSelf-harm

About Han Kang

Han Kang was born in 1970 in South Korea. In 1993 she made her literary debut as a poet, and was first published as novelist in 1994. A participant of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Han has won the Man Booker International Prize, the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Manhae Literary Prize. She currently works as a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

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