After reading strange but compelling ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang (winner of the Booker Prize) I asked for her next book Human Acts for my birthday. I took it on holiday, although I don’t think you could call it light holiday reading, and finished it off on the plane.
The introduction by Deborah Smith (Kang’s translator) explains the situation in South Korea in the 1980’s when Chun Doohwan assassinated dictator Park Chung-hee, and then expanded martial law himself. Student demonstrations in the Southern city of Gwangju lead to a brutal crackdown by paratroopers. People, young people, were killed and their bodies dumped, left to rot, or burned. Continue reading “Human Acts by Han Kang- Book Review”