Han Kang

Born in South Korea in 1970, Han Kang made her literary debut as a poet in 1993. She has since published novels and short fiction and won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today’s Young Artist Award, and the Manhae Literary Prize. She currently works as a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. The Vegetarian, Deborah Smith’s English translation of one of Han Kang’s five novels, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

  • The cover to The White Book by Han Kang
    Han Kang
    New York. Hogarth. 2019. 160 pages. Han Kang’s The White Book is a meditation on grief using a study of white objects in the author’s life to spark memories of events she did—and did not—expe...
  • The cover to Human Acts by Han Kang
    Han Kang
    London. Portobello Books. 2016. 224 pages. Human Acts is a very different novel from The Vegetarian, Han Kang’s first novel recently published in English to numerous accolades, inclu...
  • 13 Contemporary Korean books recommended by Han Kang
    Han Kang
    Han Kang recommends these 13 contemporary Korean books available in English. Hwang Jeong-Eun One Hundred Shadows Trans. Jung YewonTilted Axis, Sept. 2016   Hwang Sok-yong The Guest ...
  • The cover to The Vegetarian by Han Kang
    Han Kang
    New York. Hogarth. 2016. 192 pages.  Han Kang’s The Vegetarian is a taut novel that tells the story of two sisters—Yeong-hye and In-hye—and their marriages. Told in three parts, each a novell...

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