South Korean author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize on Monday, sharing the 50,000 pounds ($72,000, 63,500 euros) award with her translator — who had only taught herself Korean three years before.
Han Kang, 45, an author and creative writing teacher who is already successful in South Korea, is likely to enjoy a spike in international sales following the win for “The Vegetarian”.
“I’m so honoured” she told AFP. “The work features a protagonist who wants to become a plant, and to leave the human race to save herself from the dark side of human nature.
She was the first South Korean to win the prize