Human Acts

Author(s): Han Kang


Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend's corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalised country searches for a voice. In a sequence of interconnected chapters the victims and the bereaved encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness and the echoing agony of the original trauma.


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A riveting, poetic and unrelentingly powerful work from the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Vegetarian

HAN KANG was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. Her writing has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award. The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated into English, was published by Portobello Books in 2015. She currently teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

General Fields

  • : 9781846275968
  • : Portobello Books
  • : Portobello Books Ltd
  • : December 2015
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Han Kang
  • : Paperback
  • : Feb-16
  • : en
  • : 895.735
  • : 224