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Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize
ONE OF NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’S TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016
ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY‘S TOP 10 BOOKS OF 2016
ONE OF BUZZFEED‘S “24 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2016”
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A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul
Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams—invasive images of blood and brutality—torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It’s a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.
Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman’s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.
— WINNER, Man Booker International Prize 2016 (with translator Deborah Smith)
— Apple “What We’re Reading This Week” pick, starting May 24
— Entertainment Weekly “Best Books of 2016 So Far” selection
— Time Magazine “Best Books of 2016 So Far” selection
— Publishers Weekly – Top Ten Books of 2016
— New York Times Book Review – included in “100 Notable Books of 2016”
— New York Times Book Review – included in “10 Best Books of 2016”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Best 50 Books of 2016
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— NPR’s Book Concierge (2016’s Great Reads)
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