Zuid-Korea, 1980. In de zuidelijke stad Gwangju vindt in de nasleep van de moord op de militaire dictator Park Chung Hee een studentenopstand plaats, die gevolgd wordt door brute represailles en een afkondiging van de krijgswet. Terwijl de veertienjarige Dong-ho tussen het almaar groter wordende aantal lichamen op zoek gaat naar zijn vriend Jeong-Dae, raakt hij verstrikt in omstandigheden die hij
Mensenwerk / Han Kang ; uit het Koreaans vertaald door Deborah Smith, Nederlandse vertaling Monique Eggermont
Kang Han 1970-
Deborah Smith Monique Eggermont
Original language
Original title
소년이 온다
Amsterdam: Nijgh & Van Ditmar, 2016
235 p.
9789038801001 (paperback)

About Kang Han

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Han Kang (Korean: 한강; born November 27, 1970) is a South Korean writer. She won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction in 2016 for The Vegetarian, a novel which deals with a woman’s decision to stop eating meat and its devastating consequences. The novel is also one of the first of her books to be translated into English.


Han Kang is the daughter of novelist Han Seung-won. She was born in Gwangju and at the age of 10, moved to Suyuri (of which she speaks affectionately in her novel Greek Lessons) in Seoul. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. Her brother Han Dong Rim is also a writer. She began her writing career when one of her poems was featured in the winter issue of the quarterly Literature and Society. She made her official literary debut in the following year when her short story "The Scarlet Anchor" was the winning entry i…Read more on Wikipedia