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Book Group: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

December 19, 2016 @ 19:00 - 21:00 GMT

Free
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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.

Translated by Deborah Smith of Tilted Axis Press, The Vegetarian was awarded the 2016 International Man Booker prize. As always, everyone is welcome, so just drop us a line if you'd like to join us.

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Date:
December 19, 2016
Time:
19:00 - 21:00 GMT
Cost:
Free
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Pages of Hackney
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020 8525 1452
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