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The Vegetarian

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book
An irresistibly weird and sensuous story of betrayals, transformations and social taboos.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plantlike' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares.

In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - impossibly, ecstatically - a tree.

Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern-day South Korea but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Title: The Vegetarian: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-553-44818-8 / 978-0-553-44818-4 (USA edition)
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August 2016 : USA Paperback
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ISBN: 1-101-90611-1 / 978-1-101-90611-8 (USA edition)
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Title: The Vegetarian
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November 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Vegetarian: A Novel
Author(s): Han Kang
ISBN: 1-84627-603-9 / 978-1-84627-603-3 (UK edition)
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Title: The Vegetarian: A Novel (Fiction in Translation)
Author(s): Han Kang
ISBN: 1-84627-562-8 / 978-1-84627-562-3 (UK edition)
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October 2007 : Paperback
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Title: The Vegetarian
Author(s): Kang Han
ISBN: 8936433598 / 978-8936433598
Publisher: Changbi/Tsai Fong Books
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June 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Vegetarian
Author(s): Han Kang
ISBN: 1-4894-4611-7 / 978-1-4894-4611-4 (Australia edition)
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June 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Vegetarian
Author(s): Han Kang
ISBN: 1-4894-4610-9 / 978-1-4894-4610-7 (Australia edition)
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Vegetarian
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June 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Vegetarian
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Title: The Vegetarian
Author(s): Han Kang
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Vegetarian
Author(s): Han Kang
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February 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Vegetarian: A Novel
Author(s): Han Kang
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February 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Vegetarian: A Novel
Author(s): Han Kang
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January 2015 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Vegetarian: A Novel
Author(s): Han Kang
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