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A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul.

Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams - invasive images of blood and brutality - torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It´s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that´s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.

Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman´s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.

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Han Kang

Han Kang nasceu em Gwangju, na Coreia do Sul, e mudou-se para Seul aos dez anos. Estudou Literatura Coreana na Universidade de Yonsei. Os seus textos receberam os prémios literários Yi Sang, Jovens Artistas Contemporâneos e Melhor Romance Coreano. A Vegetariana, o seu primeiro romance a ser traduzido em inglês, foi o grande vencedor do Man Booker International Prize, entre autores conceituados como Elena Ferrante e Ohran Pamuk. Escreveu um segundo romance, Atos Humanos. Atualmente, Han Kang ensina escrita criativa no Instituto de Artes de Seul.

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