Prize-winning South Korean author joins Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell as a contributor to Future Library project

The world’s most secretive library, currently housed only in the minds of its authors and containing books that will not be read for almost a century, has added a new writer to its glittering list of contributors: the award-winning South Korean novelist Han Kang.

Han, winner of the Man Booker international prize for her novel The Vegetarian, was named on Friday as the fifth writer to be selected for the Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s Future Library project. Starting in 2014, Paterson has asked a writer a year to contribute a book to her public artwork. Riffing on themes of imagination and time, each work has been seen only by its author and will be printed in 2114, when a patch of 1,000 Norwegian spruce trees planted in 2014 in the forest that surrounds Oslo will be cut down to provide the paper for the texts.

Other authors who have contributed a book to the Future Library are Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Turkish novelist Elif Shafak and Iceland’s Sjón. Paterson said the project was a “living, breathing, organic artwork, unfolding over 100 years”.

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