The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I went to a booksale and I got into trouble. A whole bookbag of trouble. About $40 worth of trouble. But look at all the lovely books I added to my shelf!

The Vegetarian is a Korean novel in translation and it’s… it’s an experience. It’s visceral, and uncanny, and top-shelf spooky. As I summarized it when I first read it, a Korean woman gives up eating meat after a series of unsettling, cannibalistic dreams; this small act of resistance quickly snowballs – producing social, familial, political, and artistic ramifications.

And this cover is wicked beautiful – nothing like a little foil highlighting to add some zing. I’m a little sad that I didn’t notice the Man Booker badge in the top corner, because I have a weird aversion to having award badges on my book covers, but it’s hard to argue with a $2 copy of a book you love and never hoped to find used.

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