Han Kang was born in Gwangju in 1970. Since the age of ten, She grew up in Suyuri, Seoul after her family moved there. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. She made her literary debut as a poet by publishing five poems, including “Winter in Seoul”, in the winter issue of Munhak-gwa-sahoe (Literature and Society) in 1993. She began her career as a novelist the next year by winning the 1994 Seoul Shinmun Spring Literary Contest with “Red Anchor”. She published her first short story collection entitled Yeosu (Munji Publishing Company) in 1995. She participated in the University of Iowa International Writing Program for three months in 1998 with support from the Arts Council Korea.

Her publications include a short story collection, Fruits of My Woman (2000), Fire Salamander (2012); novels such as Black Deer (1998), Your Cold Hands (2002), The Vegetarian (2007), Breath Fighting (2010), and Greek Lessons (2011), Human Acts (2014), The White Book (2016), I Do Not Bid Farewell(2021). A poem collection, I put the evening in the drawer (2013) was published as well.

She won the 25th Korean Novel Award with the novella, “Baby Buddha” in 1999, the 2000 Today’s Young Artist Award by Culture Ministry Korea, the 2005 YiSang Literary Award with “Mongol Spot”, and the 2010 Dongri Literary Award with The Wind is Blowing.

She was awarded Manhae literary prize for Human Acts (2014) and Hwang Sun-won literary award (2015) for the novella While One Snowflake Melts. Her recent novella Farewell won the Kim Yujung Literary Prize.(2018).

The Vegetarian won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. Atti umani (Human Acts) won the 2017 Malaparte Prize in Italy. She was awarded San Clemete Prize for The Vegetarian in spain(2019). She was selected as the fifth writer for the Future Library project in Norway in 2019. "Dear Son, My Beloved,"will be held in the Deichman Library in Oslo until its scheduled publication in 2114.

Her most recent novel ‘I Do Not Bid Farewell’ was awarded Medicis prize in France in 2023, Émile Guimet prize in 2024.

1970년 11월에 태어났다.

1993년 11월 계간지 <문학과사회>에 시 <서울의 겨울> 외 네 편을 발표하고, 이듬해 1월 서울신문 신춘문예에 단편소설 <붉은 닻>이 당선되며 작품 활동을 시작했다.

장편소설 <작별하지 않는다> <흰> <소년이 온다> <희랍어 시간> <바람이 분다, 가라> <채식주의자> <그대의 차가운 손> <검은 사슴>, 단편 소설집 <노랑무늬영원> <내 여자의 열매> <여수의 사랑>, 시집 <서랍에 저녁을 넣어 두었다> 를 냈다.

천천히, 계속 더 쓸 것이다.


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