Vegetarian

A Novel

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 'plant-like' 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.
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Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.2015
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781846275630
Verlag Granta Publications
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„Grotesque and amazing both at once “

Daniela Julia Parau, Thalia-Buchhandlung Karlsruhe

She is the embodiment of the average person. Married to a man out of practical reasons and working at an office. Neither is she pretty nor is she ugly. She is living an absolutely average life in South Korea.
One day seemingly out of the blue she decides to stop eating meat. Her behavior gets weirder every day. Her family thinks her
She is the embodiment of the average person. Married to a man out of practical reasons and working at an office. Neither is she pretty nor is she ugly. She is living an absolutely average life in South Korea.
One day seemingly out of the blue she decides to stop eating meat. Her behavior gets weirder every day. Her family thinks her completely crazy and admits her to an asylum after she tried to kill herself at a family occasion. From this point on Han Kangs’ story “the vegetarian” becomes more and more absurd, grotesque and at times even disgusting. The line between normality and insanity blurs and in the end you won’t even know for yourself what’s “normal” anymore.
Kang persuades with a great spelling style that reminds of Kafka. A story with great depths and a lot of surprises.
A story you’ve been waiting for without knowing it.

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