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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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Contributor
Author
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Genre
Language
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
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10468569
Cataloging source
BT
Dewey number
895.735
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Korean
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
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Publication
Note
"This book was originally published in Korean as three separate novelettes and then compiled into a novel, 'Chaesikjuuija', published in 2007 by Changbi Publishers, Inc."--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9781846276033
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The vegetarian : a novel, Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith
Publication
Note
"This book was originally published in Korean as three separate novelettes and then compiled into a novel, 'Chaesikjuuija', published in 2007 by Changbi Publishers, Inc."--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9781846276033
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print

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