Human Acts (Hardcover)

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A harrowing inquiry into how we preserve our humanity in the face of unspeakable  violence and horror, rendered in tight, controlled detail and sombre poetic tones. For all its unfliching focus on bones, blood, and bodies, Kan’s riveting storytelling concerns itself most with the human spirit, offering tremendous sensitivity and insight. A tense,  vital work.--Todd

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This short novel recounts the death of a boy during the Gwangu Uprising in South Korea with each chapter telling the story through a different narrator.  The prose is beautiful, but brutal and raw and will haunt you long after you finish the story.

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One of Amazon's Top 100 Books of 2017

From the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian, a "rare and astonishing" (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho's best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.

An award-winning, controversial bestseller, Human Acts is a timeless, pointillist portrait of an historic event with reverberations still being felt today, by turns tracing the harsh reality of oppression and the resounding, extraordinary poetry of humanity.

About the Author


Han Kang was born in 1970 in South Korea. In 1993 she made her literary debut as a poet, and was first published as a novelist in 1994. A participant in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Han has won the Man Booker International Prize, the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Manhae Prize for Literature. She currently works as a professor in the department of creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. www.writerhankang.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101906729
ISBN-10: 1101906723
Publisher: Hogarth Press
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English