Join us for what promises to be a superb evening of discussion and reading from a stunning talent, whose new book - Human Acts - will have just been published.
Gwangju, South Korea, 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 the original trauma.
Human Acts is a universal book, utterly modern and profoundly timeless. Already a controversial bestseller and award-winning book in Korea, it confirms Han Kang as a writer of immense importance.
Han Kang's last book, The Vegetarian, received unanimous critical acclaim. It was translated by Deborah Smith, as her new book also is, and published by Max Porter who was last in the shop discussing his own book, Grief Is The Thing With Feathers. The three will be talking about Korea, translation and publishing and Han Kang, who is no stranger to Norwich having spent time on a residency here this year, will read and discuss her new book.
The publisher, author and translator are especially grateful for the vital support of English PEN