Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. Using this monochromatic map, she leads us through a life, one that is filled with the weight of history, and a particular bereavement . Please login to your account first; Need help? Her mother would not have had a second child if the first had survived, and so the narrator says to her long-gone sister— ‘If you had lived beyond those first few hours, I would not be living now.’. In others, only her hands are visible. “Laughing whitely” She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. Kang has said ‘I hope that it is not a “fixed” book, only a white book’. Han Kang. Her writing has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award. The womb will have been such a snug fit, so the nurse binds the body tight, to mitigate the shock of its abrupt projection into limitlessness. It is her third collaboration with her translator Deborah Smith and readers of, Redressing the Balance: Women in the Art World, A Samurai Watches the Sun Rise in Acapulco. It investigates the fragility, beauty and strangeness of … and that Han interpreted this to be a defensive stance against the violence of the colonial period and took th… Kang has only three major sections and the subsections are unnumbered. While on a writer's residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. From the author of The Vegetarian and Human Acts comes a book like no other. They are divided using white space, as if the narrator needs to take a breath between each thought. Words by Elaine Mead “On cold mornings, that first white cloud of escaping breath is proof that we are living. It has been reported that in her college years Han became obsessed with a line of poetry from Yi Sang: "I believe that humans should be plants." 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By Han Kang Translated By Deborah Smith “The White Book” (Hogarth, 2019) by Han Kang (photo by Park Jaehong) The following excerpt is from Han Kang’s The White Book, translated by Deborah Smith and out this week from Hogarth.Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, The White Book is a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of … From the author of ‘The Vegetarian’ and ‘Human Acts’ comes a book like no other. We lift our foot from the solid ground of all our life lived thus far, and take that perilous step out into the empty air. Relentless: Three Novels . White bird Person who does not know who they are, where they are, what has just begun. Even the smallest task is left suspended as I concentrate on simply enduring the pain, sensing time’s discrete drops as razor-sharp gemstones, grazing my fingertips. Slowly, the reader realises that this muddling is the point. Kang's book is marked by a wonder of the incorporeal world. Some subsections describe what the sister might have done—having an X-ray, finding a pebble, attempting to befriend a dog. Cold air rushes into dark lungs, soaks up the heat of our body and is exhaled as perceptible form, white flecked with grey. email; X. The migraines that began when I was twelve or thirteen swoop down without warning, bringing with them agonizing stomach cramps that stop daily life in its tracks. From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the color white While on a writer's residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. Something I needed. When she references another writer, it is not to display academic credentials but to tell us the name of his daughter. The White Book. This month, we're reading Han Kang's The White Book, an exploration of life and death in which each chapter focuses on a different (white) object. It will be because of some smell. Tk. All or none of the above? The woman seems trapped in darkness. With each item I wrote down, a ripple of agitation ran through me. The Vegetarian by Han Kang Paperback $12.99. She holds a child’s gown. Ships from and sold by Serendipity UnLtd. Slotted in a tote or a handbag, it will easily become smudged and wrinkled. Every day and night is witness to innumerable new exhibitions, openings, events, performances and... Sign-up here for news, events, promotions, etc. The narrator? Han Kang is a South Korean writer whose novels in translation include Human Acts and The Vegetarian – for which she won the 2016 International Man Booker prize. I came abroad in August, to this country I’d never visited before, got a short-term lease on an apartment in its capital, and learned to draw out my days in these strange environs. Write a Review. Shortlisted for the Man Booker International 2018 . Han Kang. The White Book By Han Kang 0 out of 5 ( There are no reviews yet. ) The conundrum of the book is: what does it mean to have survived? As I step recklessly into time I have not yet lived, into this book I have not yet written. Her … Now, in this moment, I feel that vertiginous thrill course through me. Menu. In an interview with Granta, Kang said that when writing this book, she imagined her prematurely dead sister had lived and visited the city ‘in my place’. What does this mean? Who is this woman supposed to represent? New York. Send-to-Kindle or Email . Rice Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. Used from other sellers . One night almost two months later, when the season’s chill was just beginning to bite, a migraine set in, viciously familiar. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. I felt that yes, I needed to write this book and that the process of writing it would be transformative, would itself transform into something like white ointment applied to a swelling, like gauze laid over a wound. From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the color white . And, if you have survived, how can you recreate what is gone? And the sister thinks of the dead in her country ‘that had been insufficiently mourned’. It is listed as fiction, but could easily be read as poetry or a collection of lyrical essays. The White Book. The photographs are of white objects, but in contrast to the white pages, they are startlingly grey. Han Kang's The White Book is a meditation on grief using a study of white objects in the authors life to spark memories of events she did--and did not--experience, specifically the birth and deaths of her older sister (and a quickly mentioned older brother, who also succumbed to premature birth) and their mother. Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. Book Review: The White Book by Han Kang. The narrator imagines the sister looking at candles burning, which have been lit for those killed by the German army. However, while the first two books were clearly novels, The White Book is slippery. Kang’s use of colour as an organising principle calls to mind Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, released in the USA in 2009. Year: 2019. Bluets is also a fragmentary meditation on colour (in Nelson’s case blue). At first, this similarity is disorienting: it is hard to see where one perspective ends and the other begins. It is a book about mourning, rebirth and the tenacity of the human spirit. In Stock. Han Kang’s ‘The White Book’ The White Book feels as if it is being whispered: each paragraph seems to come from some deep and interior place. London: Portobello Books, 2017. 999.00. Save $1.10. Nelson imagines what it means to love blue, which becomes a metaphor for melancholy and desire and a past relationship. Person to whom the cure of this crying is as yet unknown. Nelson’s work glories in intellectual pyrotechnics: she quotes from Schopenhauer, Henry James, and Wittgenstein; she reports on clinical psychology and studies of spectrum from a scientific journal; she numbers each section of Bluets in a relentless outpouring, until she reaches 240. They are gathered into three sections — ‘I’, ‘She’, and ‘All Whiteness’. The White Book Han Kang. Language: english. THE WHITE BOOK By Han Kang “The Vegetarian” and “Human Acts” introduced English-language readers to the explosive fiction of the South Korean writer Han Kang… Human Acts: A Novel by Han Kang Paperback $13.69. There are chapters on salt, snow, the moon, and white birds, all of which convey Kang’s reflections on the different topics in fragments. She’d wanted to spare her sister ‘brutality, sadness, despair, filth, pain’, and show her only clean white things. Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature, Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), 31 Books in 30 Days: Kate Tuttle on Adam Winkler. It is her third collaboration with her translator Deborah Smith and readers of The Vegetarian and Human Acts can expect the same linguistic grace. Swaddling bands white as snow are wound around the newborn baby. About this book . Living, Grief, Death. In some, a woman appears, her face obscured by shadow. In traditional Korean culture, white represents both death and innocence. ISBN 13: 9781846276958. Save for later . The White Book. A reader who enjoyed Bluets will probably appreciate The White Book, but they are as distinct from one another as new snow is from clear sky. Each moment is a leap forwards from the brink of an invisible cliff, where time’s keen edges are constantly renewed. We lift our foot from the solid ground of all our life lived thus far and take that perilous step out into the empty air. March 13, 2019 thebanksiawoman. Photographs are interspersed throughout. If I sift those words through myself, sentences will shiver out, like the strange, sad shriek the bow draws from a metal string. Hogarth. The White Book. Not because we can claim any particular courage, but because there is no other way. It is particularly fitting for the narrator’s dead sister. Few are longer than a page. 160 pages. Includes delivery to USA. From the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for The Vegetarian comes a stunning meditation on the colour white; about light, about death and about ritualFrom the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for The VegetarianBoth the most autobiographical and the most experimental book to date from South Korean master Han Kang. And, for a moment, the book becomes a candle in the reader’s hands—a flickering white light that is lovely and mournful all at once. The White Book by Han Kang review. Ice Deborah Smith. ‘I’ follows the narrator considering the colour white and describes her sister’s passing. Han Kang wrote it whilst living in Warsaw, though in the book the city is never named explicitly. When what lies between two bodies is the white of swaddling bands. Unexpectedly, the child quiets itself. Flustered, she takes its swaddled self into her arms. And this fragility is a topic to which the book comes back again and again, whether in the form of snow (‘mysterious hexagons melting away’) or in a bombed city’s ‘white glow of stone ruins’. Swaddling bands The ghost of the sister? Praise for The White Book: “Formally daring, emotionally devastating and deeply political...In this subtle and searching novel, Kang, through Smith, proposes a model of genuine empathy, one that insists on the power of shared experience but it not predicated on the erasure of difference.” —Katie Kitamura, New York Times Book Review It is something that even the book as a physical object replicates in the reader’s hands. The White Book Overview Set in Warsaw and Korea, Han Kang’s novel The White Book delves into what it means to be human and how to reconcile human life’s beauty with its chaos and uncertainty. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. By Han Kang trans. by Han Kang . Fiction Published by Granta - Portobello Books Longlist 2018 A stunning meditation on the colour white – about light, about death and about ritual. Published in USA Feb 2019 160 pages Genre: Novels Publication Information. Or that the two are still connected. The woman, pale from blood loss, looks at the crying child. Both ‘I’ and ‘She’ are pensive and slightly sorrowful. The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. Used with permission of Hogarth. Rate this book. From the author of The Vegetarian, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2016. To Miquel   I possess my death. It is a stunning investigation of the fragility, beauty and strangeness of life. Han Kang’s The White Book is a meditation on grief using a study of white objects in the author’s life to spark memories of events she did—and did not—experience, specifically the birth and deaths of her older sister (and a quickly mentioned older brother, who also succumbed to premature birth) and their mother. The most helpless of all young animals, more defenseless even than a newborn chick. Snow Person who begins only now to breathe, a first filling-up of the lungs. Physical pain always sharpens the awareness. Not knowing what has been set in motion, these two are still connected. Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith. Shroud. The text is a loose collection of thoughts, scenes, and images. The book is a meditation on the colour white, as well as the different objects and concepts that the colour encompasses. (This tragedy, mentioned obliquely here, is covered at greater length in Kang’s 2016 novel Human Acts.) The White Book is a singular work; some have described it as a concept book – likely due to how it flows through the confines of a conventional novel. The White Book From the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for The Vegetarian Both the most autobiographical and the most experimental book to date from South Korean master Han Kang Written while on a writ. Softcover ISBN 10: 1846276950 ISBN 13: 9781846276958. Skip to content. But then, a few days later, running my eyes over that list again, I wondered what meaning might lie in this task, in peering into the heart of these words. Han Kang has won the Man Booker International Prize, the Yi Sang Literary Award, the Today’s Young Artist Award, and the Manhae Prize for Literature. She holds a pebble-like object covered in salt. Search for: Search . The White Book feels as if it is being whispered: each paragraph seems to come from some deep and interior place. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Han Kang wrote it whilst living in Warsaw, though in the book the city is never named explicitly. The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things. Summary; Book Summary. Now and then, the passage of time seems acutely apparent. Rain and grass will change the cover. Proof of our bodies’ warmth. 10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 48 hours. From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the color white While on a writer’s residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. Boxed set of three bestselling suspense stories by Lindsey Stiles. $11.63; $10.53 ; In Stock. The book itself is vulnerable and therefore precious. The specks and splashes of whiteness are surrounded by shadow. One deep breath drawn in and this new moment of life takes shape as distinctly as a bead of blood. Han's debut work, A Love of Yeosu, was published in 1995 and attracted attention because it was precisely and tightly narrated. I washed down some pills with warm water and realized (quite calmly) that hiding would be impossible. Han wrote The Vegetarian, and its sister-work, Mongolian Mark by hand, as overuse of the computer keyboard had damaged her wrist. ISBN 13: 9780525573081. This was difficult to answer, so I left the list as it was and put off anything more. Kang now returns with The White Book, a gossamer-delicate meditation on mortality and meaning. The novelist Kang? Copyright © 2019 by Han Kang. Who has been, until mere moments ago, in the throes of such astonishing agony. Notes while you read the white of swaddling bands each paragraph seems to from. 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