The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han Kang book cover

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Rape
  • Abuse of a disabled person
  • Cheating
  • Eating disorder
  • Disordered eating
  • Self-harm
  • Delusions
  • Hospital, specifically psychiatric wards
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