Category Archives: The Vegetarian

Part 2: The Uncanny: Metamorphosis and the Brutal Aesthetics of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian

In brutal aesthetics, however, the animal mutates variously into a beast, a god, a monster, or a creature.[i] Brutal aesthetics is not nihilistic, it is only the first step. To illuminate, to connect, to transform, to reanimate is the important … Continue reading

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Part 1: The Uncanny: Metamorphosis and the Brutal Aesthetics of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian.

Commentary on The Vegetarian by Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith (New York: Hogarth Press, 2015)  “Art is here to prove, and to help one bear, the fact that all safety is an illusion.” (From James Baldwin’s … Continue reading

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June Selection: The Vegetarian

Our discussion book for June, suggested by Bill Hagens, is The Vegetarian, a South Korean three-part drama novella written by Han Kang and first published in 2007. English translation by Deborah Smith published by Penguin Random House in 2016. Winner … Continue reading

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