This month we became a bit of a book nerd! Thanks to Mongji’s beautiful calligraphy bookmark last month, we were inspired and delved straight into a great collection of Korean – English literature. We’ve rounded up three of the best novels for you: The Vegetarian by Han Kang, Vaseline Buddha by Jung Young Moon and I’ll Be Right There by Kyung Sook Shin.
From the recent Man Booker prize 2016 winner about a convert to vegetarianism in taboo Korean society to free flowing narration on the surrealist mind and exploration – there’s something here to tickle even the most picky literary tastebuds!
Which is why we’re giving you the chance to WIN these books to add to your must-read bookshelf:
We have 4 x copies of The Vegetarian, 4 x copies of Vaseline Buddha and 10 x copies of I’ll Be Right There to give away!
All you have to do is enter below – leave a comment telling us which book you’d like to win and boost your chances by entering in any of the other 3 easy ways. The competition closes on 5th November midnight so get entering!
Read more about the books up for grabs here:
Multi award winning book and winner of the most recent Man Booker prize 2016, The Vegetarian is set in modern day Seoul. This is the visceral and enthralling story of Yeong- hye, a young woman who suddenly decides to stop eating meat after experiencing a nightmare. Korea’s meat loving food culture contradicts this, and as such this book dictates the difficulties to becoming a vegetarian in a society where vegetarians are scarce and the difficulties of navigating taboo in a beautifully poetic way. Read our full review of The Vegetarian here!
What kind of stories form when you allow your mind to wander without boundaries? Follow Jung Young Moon’s nameless narrator on a free- flowing journey through a variety of memories and experiences, some which are real, and some may not be! This stylish literary exploration starts with an anecdote of unwittingly spotting a burglar in the night, and touches on the intangible and surreal, as the author sets the scene of many internal musings and deftly describes different images stored in the mind. Blending seamlessly from one story to another, ‘Vaseline Buddha’ is a book with a unique take on everyday life, one which will make you think and smile in equal measure. Read our full review of Vaseline Buddha here.
A coming-of age story, set in 1980’s South Korea; during the time where student protests and tear gassing were the norm. Yung Joon’s deep interest in literature is cleverly incorporated within the story, through poetry and examples of her favourite writers. Every character and setting in South Korea is described in great depths, drawing us into the story. Read our full review of I’ll Be Right There here.