The 2016 Man Booker Award has been bestowed on South Korean Writer, Han Kang for her book The Vegetarian. This one of the most prestigious awards was bestowed on her in London. This award has brought her the whopping amount of 50 thousand pounds besides world-wide acclaim.
The Novel ” The Vegetarian” is a very powerful novel by this South Korean novelist, which depicts the the strong mentality of Yeonghye, a dutiful wife from Korea, who one day disclosed her uncommon decision to be vegetarian in a country where this looks awkward.
As a result of this decision, she is segregated from her own family leading to the tension within it, affects her social relationships. All her life gets a radical change due to the dream about blood-soaked images and her decision is taken to be the act of subversion.
Kang got this Prestigious award after beating a group of very talented authors with the likes of Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk besides International Best-seller Elena Ferrante. Her novel was selected from 155 books nominated for the award. The Vegetarian is published by Portobello Books and translated by Deborah Smith with whom she shared this award.
It is also note-worthy that The Man-Eater is Kang’s first novel which has been translated into English. The Translator is English man who had started learning the Korean language from a few years.
The novel has three parts which show woman’s oppose of human brutality and that’s why shun flesh eating. These three parts show her mental strength and boldness when forced to face the stern relationships with her own people.
This novel is an allegorical of Modern Korea at one hand and reflects a story of obsession, violence, choice etc on other hand.
Kang is teacher of creative writing at the Seoule Institute of the Arts. She is enjoying a very good reputation in her country. Besides she has bagged a no of other reputed awards such as Yi Sang Literary Prize, Today’s Young Artist Award and the Korean Literature Novel Award. May be some of her other books can be translated in to English very soon.
Venue of Award Giving Ceremony – London UK