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The vegetarian : a novel
The vegetarian : a novel
Han, Kang, 1970-2015
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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.
Main title:
The vegetarian : a novel / Han Kang ; translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith.
AUTHOR:
Han, Kang, 1970-, authorSmith, Deborah, translator
Imprint:
London : Portobello Books, 2015.©2015.
Collation:
183 pages ; 22 cm.
Notes:
Translated from the Korean.
ISBN:
9781846275623 (paperback)
Dewey class:
895.735
Language:
EnglishKorean
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult FictionHANOnloan - Due: 26 Aug 2021
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