Author - HAN KANG
Han Kang from South Korea won the Man Booker International Prize 2016 for her 2007 novel “The Vegetarian”. The judges summed up her winning in a profound and brief statement “This book will stay with you for a very long time indeed. As long, I suspect, as your reading life itself.”. “The Vegetarian” has been translated by British translator Deborah Smith. It is a moving tale about Yeong-hye, the protagonist lady, who after witnessing a series of nightmares filled with blood and barbarous flashes, decides to embrace absolute vegetarianism. Her decision invites criticism and affects her relations with her close ones including her husband as eating meat has been a staple diet for her country of origin. She suffers numerous backlashes from her relatives, both physical and mental. “The Vegetarianism” describes the gruesome journey of how far would Yeong-hye go to defend her resolution that has gained an unimpeachable place in her heart.