The White Book

Author(s): Han Kang; Deborah Smith (Translator)

Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize


 


From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the color white


 


While on a writer's residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. THE WHITE BOOK becomes a meditation on the color white, as well as a fictional journey inspired by an older sister who died in her mother's arms, a few hours old. The narrator grapples with the tragedy that has haunted her family, an event she colors in stark white--breast milk, swaddling bands, the baby's rice cake-colored skin--and, from here, visits all that glows in her memory: from a white dog to sugar cubes.


 


As the writer reckons with the enormity of her sister's death, Han Kang's trademark frank and chilling prose is softened by retrospection, introspection, and a deep sense of resilience and love. THE WHITE BOOK--ultimately a letter from Kang to her sister--offers powerful philosophy and personal psychology on the tenacity and fragility of the human spirit, and our attempts to graft new life from the ashes of destruction.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781846276958
  • : Granta Books
  • : Granta Books
  • : May 2018
  • : 19.80 cmmm X 12.90 cmmm X 0.00 cmmm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Han Kang; Deborah Smith (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 128