South Korean writer Han wins Man Booker International Prize


SEOUL South Korean author Han Kang won a Man Booker International Prize for novella on Monday for her novel “The Vegetarian”, a dark, surreal story about a lady who gives adult eating beef and seeks to turn a tree.

The 45-year-old Han had been short-listed for a esteem for novella in interpretation to English along with Italian author Elena Ferrante, Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa, Chinese author Yan Lianke, Turkey’s Orhan Pamuk and Austrian Robert Seethaler.

“This compact, artistic and unfortunate book will dawdle prolonged in a minds, and maybe a dreams, of a readers,” Boyd Tonkin, authority of a 2016 judging panel, was cited by a substructure as saying.

The novel was translated by Deborah Smith, a 28-year-old Briton who usually began training Korean when she was 21.

Han and Smith will separate a 50,000 bruise ($72,000) esteem equally, according to a Booker Foundation, that administers a esteem as good as a strange Man Booker Prize for works in English and published in a United Kingdom, a prestigious endowment that typically leads to a swell in sales for a winner.

In “The Vegetarian”, after struggling with hideous repeated nightmares, Yeong-hye, a responsible wife, rebels opposite governmental norms, forsaking beef and stirring regard among her family that she is mentally ill.

Han, who was innate in a South Korean city of Gwangju, teaches artistic essay during a Seoul Institute of a Arts. “The Vegetarian” is her initial novel translated into English.

The Man Booker International Prize was formerly awarded each dual years for an author’s altogether grant to tellurian fiction, though commencement with this year’s esteem it is awarded annually for a singular work of novella translated into English and published in a United Kingdom.

(Editing by Tony Munroe and Michael Perry)


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