‘The Vegetarian’ Han Kang Wins Man Booker International Prize

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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.

 “Through this extreme narrative I felt I could question… the difficult question of being human.”

She was the first South Korean to win the prize

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Author: Zafar Anjum

I am a writer based in Singapore.

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