Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University and in 1993 she made her literary debut as a poet with five poems, including “Winter in Seoul”, appearing in the winter issue of Munhak-gwa-sahoe (Literature and Society). The following year she began her career as a novelist by winning the Seoul Shinmun Spring Literary Contest for Red Anchor, and her first short story collection, Yeosu, was published in 1995 by Munji Publishing Company. In 1998 she was a participant in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa with support from the Arts Council Korea.
Her publications include the short story collections Fruits of My Woman (2000) and Fire Salamander (2012), and the novels Black Deer (1998), Your Cold Hands (2002), The Vegetarian (2007), Breath Fighting (2010), Greek Lessons (2011), Human Acts (2014) and The White Book (2016).
The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated into English, was published by Portobello Books in 2015 and won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Human Acts, also translated into English, won Korea’s Manhae Prize for Literature and the 2017 Malaparte Prize in Italy. The other awards she has received in her career include the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today’s Young Artist Award, the 25th Korean Novel Award, the Hwang Sun-won Literary Award and the Dongri Literary Award.
She currently works as a Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.
The White Book will be published by Portobello Books in November 2017.
Agent Name: Laurence Laluyaux