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The Resource The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith

The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith

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The vegetarian : a novel
Title
The vegetarian
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
Creator
Contributor
Author
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Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • kor
  • eng
Summary
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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Summary
Deciding to go vegetarian in the wake of violent thoughts, Yeong-hye, a woman from an Asian culture of strict societal mores, is denounced as a subversive as she spirals into extreme rebelliousness that causes her to splinter from her true nature and risk her life
Storyline
Tone
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Character
Award
  • Man Booker International Prize, 2016.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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10468569
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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1970-
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Han, Kang
Dewey number
895.735
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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1987-
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Smith, Deborah
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True
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  • Korean fiction
  • Vegetarians
  • Hunting
  • Korea (South)
Target audience
adult
Label
The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translated from the Korean
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000054058061
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9781846275623
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)896855397
Label
The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
Publication
Note
Translated from the Korean
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000054058061
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9781846275623
Isbn Type
(paperback)
System control number
(OCoLC)896855397

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