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Introduction Material on Han Kang


Han Kang was born in 1970 in Gwangju, Korea. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Seoul where she spent her formative years. Han made her literary debut firstly as a poet in 1993 and then again as a novelist in 1994. She has been steadily publishing novels since. The works of Han Kang have been enthusiastically received by both critics and readers alike for their profound exploration of human nature through the author’s delicate yet powerful writing style. As if to say that our daily lives, the numerable socially accepted ideas that support those lives, and furthermore, the condition of being human itself constitute an unbearable violence, Han's characters embrace their vivid, painful sensationsand navigate their lives with refined fortitude.She has published collections of short stories including Love in Yeosu, A Yellow Patterned Eternity, and The Fruits of My Woman as well as novels including Your Cold HandBlack Deer, Greek Lessons, and The Vegetarian. Among them, The Vegetarian combines human violence and the possibility of innocence as the thematic material with a vegetablesque imagination. This frightening beauty of a novel has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese,Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese and was also adapted into a film. Han participated in the Writers’ Workshop programme hosted bythe University of Iowa in 1998. Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts.

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