Author: Han Kang
Translator: Deborah Smith
Original language: Korean
Published by: Portobello Books, 2016
A riveting, poetic novel from the author of the highly acclaimed The Vegetarian.
South Korea, Gwanju, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend’s corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalised country searches for a voice. In a sequence of interconnected chapters the victims and the bereaved encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness, and the echoing agony of original trauma. Human Acts is a universal book, utterly modern and yet timeless. A controversial bestseller and award-winning book in South Korea, it confirms Han Kang as a writer of great importance.