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Surrealism and suffering in South Korea

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Article
https://www.thedailystar.net/daily-star-books/news/surrealism-and-suffering-south-korea-2902426
Journal
The Daily Star
Issued Date
November 25, 2021
Page
-
Language
English(English)
Country
BANGLADESH
City
-
Book
The Vegetarian
Writer
Han Kang
Translator
Deborah Smith

About the Author

  • Han Kang
  • Birth : 1970 ~ -
  • Occupation : Novelist
  • First Name : Kang
  • Family Name : Han
  • Korean Name : 한강
  • ISNI : 0000000054537103
  • Works : 92
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  • English(English)

Han Kang's atmospheric novel, The Vegetarian (Portobello, 2016), is an evocative look at the psychosis of a woman plagued by her own humanity. In a masterstroke, Kang creates a world of straightforward prose deliciously juxtaposed with complex characters. While I cannot speak to the veracity of the translation—and there is some debate there—I appreciate Deborah Smith producing an accessible path to this haunting drama as it unfolds over the course of several years.

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