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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
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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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CaOAUW
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1970-
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Han, Kang
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Korean
Literary form
novels
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Smith, Deborah
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  • Hunting
  • Vegetarians
  • Korea (South)
Label
The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
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Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
188 p.
Isbn
9780553448184
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
System control number
  • 197854
  • 839583
Label
The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
188 p.
Isbn
9780553448184
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
System control number
  • 197854
  • 839583

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