The Vegetarian : A Novel

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A haunting exploration of identity, desire, and societal constraints.

Recommendation: - This book is a haunting exploration of identity, desire, and societal constraints. Han Kang's stunning prose weaves a tale that is both unsettling and beautiful, leaving readers questioning the boundaries of our own existence. If you're looking for a thought-provoking read that challenges societal norms and delves into the depths of human desires, then The Vegetarian is a must-read.

The Vegetarian : A Novel

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ISBN: 9781846276033
Publisher: Granata
Date of Publication: 2018-01-01
Format: Paperback
Goodreads rating: 3.58
(rated by 161992 readers)

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An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.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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