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South Korea's Jan Kang won Man Booker International

The South Korean author Han Kang has been named the winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel The Vegetarian, splitting the £50,000 prize with her translator, Deborah Smith.
•    The Vegetarian, published by Portobello Books, the UK independent publisher, is Ms Han’s first novel to be translated into English. 
•    It is the strange story of Yeong-hye, a Korean wife who, seeking a more “plant-like existence”, decides to become vegetarian — a rebellious decision that flouts the traditions of her family and country.
•    Ms Smith, 28, started to learn Korean only seven years ago, when she moved to Korea. 
•    It was Ms Smith who proposed the idea of translating The Vegetarian.
•    She also worked on Ms Han’s second novel to be translated into English, Human Acts. 
•    Ms Smith is also the founder of Tilted Axis Press, a non-profit publishing house that promotes the translation of literature from Africa and Asia.
•    Previous prize winners include László Krasznahorkai (2015), Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005).
•    The prize is sponsored by Man Group, who also sponsor the annual Man Booker prize for English language fiction.


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