2016 Man Booker International Prize Won by South Korean Author Han Kang [ Current Affairs ]

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Han Kang a South Korean author has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel ‘The Vegetarian’ and becomes the first South Korean to win this prestigious literary prize. So Han Kang and her British translator Deborah Smith will share the 72, 000 dollars prize money.

Image of Han Kang a South Korean author

Image of Han Kang a South Korean author

Han Kang winner of 2016 Man Booker International Prize

  • The novel ‘The Vegetarian’ is a story of a wife (Yeong-hye lead character) who decides to become a vegetarian.
  • The decision incites cruelty from her husband, and from her father, and obsession from her sister’s husband, as the woman, she dreams neurotically about becoming a tree.
  • The novel was selected universally by the panel of five judges chaired by Boyd Tonkin from six other novels.

About Man Booker International Prize:

  • Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award which honoured a living author of any nationality for a body of work published in English or generally available in English translation.
  • The Man Booker International Prize is supported by Man Group plc, which also backers the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

About Han Kang

  • Han Kang was born on 27th November 1970 in Kwangju, Korea.
  • She daughter of novelist Han Seung-won.
  • She has studied Korean literature from Yansei University.
  • Her first novel “A Convict’s Love” was published in 1995.

- Published on: May 17, 2016