South Korean author Han Kang wins 2016 Man Booker International Prize for 'The Vegetarian'

May 17, 2016 08:08 IST

The-  Vegetarian South Korean author, Han Kang, on 16 May 2016 won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel 'The Vegetarian'.

The prize ceremony was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London Han is the first South Korean to win the prize. The writer and her British translator will share the 72000 Dollar prize money. The book was translated by Deborah Smith.

About the novel 'The Vegetarian'

• The novel tells a story of a wife who decides to become a vegetarian.

• Her decision provokes cruelty from her husband and her father.

• She also faces obsession from her sister’s husband, as the woman, Yeong-hye, dreams obsessively about becoming a tree.

Han Kang

• Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten.

• She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University.

• Her writing has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award.

• The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated into English, was published by Portobello Books in 2015.

• Human Acts was published by Portobello books in 2016.

• She currently teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

The novel was picked unanimously by the panel of five judges, beating six other novels including "The Story of the Lost Child" by Italian sensation Elena Ferrante and "A Strangeness in My Mind" by Turkey's Orhan Pamuk.

Judging panel chairman Boyd Tonkin said Han Kang's work was unforgettably powerful and original.

Survey commissioned by the Man Booker International prize in first week of May 2016 found that translated literary fiction is selling better on average in the UK than literary fiction originally written in English.

The Man Booker Prize

• The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969.

• The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world.

• The winner receives 50000 pound as well as the 2500 pound awarded to each of the shortlisted authors.

• Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales.

• It has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades.

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