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Human Acts

Human Acts by Han Kang

Author: Han Kang


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Page Count:224

Date Published:3 Nov 2016



A riveting, poetic and powerful work from the author of the International Booker Prize-winning novel The Vegetarian.

Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. Amid a violent student uprising a young boy named Dong-ho is killed.

As his friend searches for Dong-ho’s corpse, we also meet an editor struggling against censorship, a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories, and Dong-ho’s grief-stricken mother. Through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope comes a tale of a brutalised people in search of a voice. A modern classic, Human Acts has been both a controversial bestseller and an award-winning book in Korea, and it confirmed Han Kang as a writer of international importance.

‘[Han Kang’s] way of telling about the events of a 10-day insurgency in Gwangju, South Korea in 1980 and its psychological, spiritual and political aftermath opened my eyes’ Susie Orbach, Best Books of the Year, Guardian

‘Exquisite, painful and deeply courageous’ Philippe Sands, Best Books of the Year, Guardian0

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