South Korean writer Han Kang made her literary debut in 1993, publishing poetry works and short stories which quickly landed her a number of awards and accolades. She studied Korean literature in university, and currently teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts while working on her novels.
Her notable works include The Vegetarian and Human Acts released in 2007 and 2016 respectively. Both have been noted to explore themes of violence and humanity to bring an immersive read. The Vegetarian, a three-part drama novella, was her first novel to be translated into English and at least 13 languages subsequently, and where it continued to gain worldwide attention including in Singapore. It went on to win the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and was selected by NYTimes Book Review and Time magazine to be one of the best books of 2016. Her novels ultimately reject human brutality, portrayed in the form of being personified by family members or despicable acts carried out by society.