South Korean author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction on Monday for her novel “The Vegetarian”. She was the first South Korean to win the prize.
Literary critic Boyd Tonkin, chair of the panel that chose the winner from 155 entries, said Han’s book combined “tenderness and terror” in a tale of “volcanic, visceral intensity.”
The award is the international counterpart to Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize and is open to books published in any language that have been translated into English.
The prize money will be split evenly between Ms. Han and her 28-year-old translator, Deborah Smith. “The Vegetarian” is the first of her books to be translated into English. It tells the story of Yeong-hye, a dutiful wife whose decision to forego meat uproots her whole existence.
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