Skip to the content

Han Kang

Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea. In 1994 she began her career as a novelist by winning the Seoul Shinmun Spring Literary Contest. THE VEGETARIAN, her first novel to be translated into English, won the 2016 International Booker Prize. Her following novel, HUMAN ACTS won Korea’s Manhae Prize for Literature and the 2017 Malaparte Prize in Italy. THE WHITE BOOK was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2018. She has also received 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. GREEK LESSONS will be published widely in 2023/2024 alongside her most recent novel, IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES, which was published in Korea in 2021 to great critical acclaim and won the Daesan Foundation Prize and the Prix Médicis Etranger 2023. Han Kang worked as a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts until 2018 and is now dedicating herself entirely to her writing. She is published in more than thirty languages. She lives in Seoul.

Han Kang Titles