by Han Kang


한강 소설. 결코 더럽혀지지 않는, 절대로 더럽혀질 수가 없는 어떤 흰 것에 관한 이야기이다. 작가로부터 불려나온 흰 것의 목록은 총 65개의 이야기로 파생되어 '나'와 '그녀'와 '모든 흰'이라는 세 개의 부 아래 스미어 있다. 한 권의 소설이지만 때론 65편의 시가 실린 한 권의 시집으로 읽힘에 손색이 없는 것이 각 소제목 아래 각각의 이야...

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Release DateMay 25th, 2016
GenrePoetry, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews 흰

  • Bookdragon Sean
    Music is often associated with memory. I often hear a song and I’m taken back to a time, to a place, to a person, to an experience that I never will be able to regain: to a moment that song embodies that will forever be lost in the endless river of life. For Han Kang the colour white has a similar effect; it mashes open the floodgates to her mind and drops torrents of memory over the body of her writing. "Why do old memories constantly drift t...
  • Hannah
    I am quite unsure how to review this brilliant little book. I think it is something that needs to be experienced rather than read about. Told in a series of very short musings on different white things, Han Kang circles her own grief and Warsaw’s scarred history in a way that I found absolutely moving. I read the book mostly in one sitting (it is very short) and can only recommend doing that. This way the interplay between the blank spaces on t...
  • Hugh
    A short and intensely personal and poetic meditation but a very difficult one to encapsulate in a review.The starting point is a simple list of white things but the book is haunted by many darker undertones. I am not sure how much I understood but it felt profoundly human, spare and elegant, every word charged.This is my second book from the Man Booker International longlist (I had already read Die, My Love and bought this one before it was annou...
  • Bianca
    Hmm ...I don't know what to make of this book.It's elegant, in a minimalist, subdued kind of way. The font size is minuscule, there's a lot of white space and empty pages.There are some nice passages, but also a whole lot of simple, simplistic, and "I don't get the point" kind of writing - writing for the sake of writing, or better said, I was reading it and not getting much out of it, despite wanting to. I don't know - it's one of those "concept...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Now shortlisted for the Man Booker International - and alongside Flights, one of the two outstanding remaining books:"제발 죽지마. 한 시간쯤 더 흘러 아기는 죽었다. 죽은 아기를 가슴에 품고 모로 누워 그 몸이 점점 싸늘해지는 걸 견뎠다. 더이상 눈물이 흐르지 않았다.""For God's sake don't die. Around an hour later, the baby was dead. They lay there on the kitchen floor, my mother on her side wit...
  • Gumble's Yard
    In the spring, when I decided to write about white things the first thing I did was to make a list. Swaddling bands. Newborn gown. Salt. Snow. Ice. Moon. Rice. Waves. Yulan. White bird. “Laughing Whitely”. Blank paper. White dog. White hair. Shroud. With each item I wrote down, a ripple of agitation ran through me. I felt that yes, I needed to write this book, and that the process of writing it would be transformative, would itself transform,...
  • Eric Anderson
    It’s been thrilling to see the recent high acclaim and popularity for Han Kang’s powerful distinctive writing. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2016 for “The Vegetarian” and her novel “Human Acts” is one of the most devastating portrayals of the victims and survivors of mass warfare that I’ve read. Even though she’s been publishing fiction in her native South Korea since 1995, Kang’s writing has only recently been m...
  • Kamil
    Han Kang and Deborah Smith are a match made in heaven. I feel its genius every time I finish reading any of Kang's books in Smith's translation. This one is a very special to me. The City she refers to in White Book, is my hometown, Warsaw. The book at its core is a meditation on grief. Kang juxtaposes City surrounded by neverending grief after thousands of its inhabitants were killed during Warsaw uprising and herself grieving after a sister, wh...
  • Neil
    This book is sublimely beautiful and heart-breaking. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried when I read these words:"If you can come to us now, then do. Slip on those clothes that the fire has borne to you, like slipping on a pair of a wings. Drink it like medicine or tea, our silence, dissolving into smoke in place of words."Written like that, with no context, you may wonder why the outpouring of emotion. But this is a meditation on the death of...
  • میعاد
    كتاب خاصى بود كه هنوز نميدونم دوستش داشتم يا نه، ولى "گياهخوار" هان كانگ چيز ديگهای بود كتاب خاصى بود كه هنوز نميدونم دوستش داشتم يا نه، ولى "گياهخوار" هان كانگ چيز ديگه‌ای بود
  • Rachel
    The White Book is Han Kang's autobiographical meditation on the death of her newborn sister, who lived only for two hours. It's a difficult book to review because it's a difficult book to categorize. Part novel, part memoir, part poetry collection, The White Book ultimately comes together to form a poised and tender examination of grief and the transient nature of life and death.If you've read The Vegetarian or Human Acts you'll know exactly what...
  • Viv JM
    It is very difficult to describe this book! It is a series of short meditations/poetry themed around the colour white, with a thread of grief running through. The translation reads seamlessly, and the whole effect is beautiful and haunting.
  • Callum McAllister
    The comparisons to Maggie Nelson's Bluets will be pretty inevitable and unsurprising but here it is: this reminded me of Bluets. Although, that's only in terms of its form. It's a novel (?) written in fragments and unified thematically by meditation on the colour white. While I read it as a novel, and not a memoir or a book of poems, it plays with that cross-pollination of genre. Some reviews have taken the details of Han Kang's life to take it a...
  • Zak
    I loved "The Vegetarian" and "Human Acts" and was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, this one just wasn't for me. I felt the words didn't manage to bring out the emotions behind her message of loss.
  • Rebecca Foster
    A series of short, poetic meditations on the color white. The narrator is haunted by the story of her mother’s first child, a daughter who came early and died within two hours because of their winter isolation. “I was told that she was a girl, with a face as white as a crescent-moon rice cake.” Ever since, she’s felt the weight of obligation, as if she has to live a doubly significant life to make up for her older sister’s being snatche...
  • Sarah
    Somewhere between 3 and 3.5, rounded downThree stars may seem low but this is by far my favourite book I've read by Han Kang. While I definitely admired Human Acts, something didn't quite come together. And I must admit The Vegetarian went right over my head, but on reflection I would be open to re-reading it at some point.The White Book is quite a departure from the aforementioned books. Focusing on the colour white, the colour appears in differ...
  • Laurent
    Aangrijpende poëtische mijmeringen over de dood en verlies. Vorm en inhoud zijn één met een bestendig zo goed als lege bladspiegel en veel witte bladzijden: de hoofdstukjes bestaan uit enkele paragrafen en een nieuw hoofdstukje start telkens op de rechterbladzijde. De mooie beelden sporen wel aan om ander werk van Kang te gaan lezen. Heel jammer dat deze vertaling op de Engelse vertaling is gebaseerd (en niet op het origineel) en dat de foto's...
  • Karen Mace
    Having loved The Vegetarian, I knew I needed to read this and finally got my mitts on it recently! And what a reading experience it was once more! Who knew that the subject of such simple white things - lace curtains, sugar cubes, rice, clouds... to name but a few, could conjure up such powerful images when written about so wonderfully by this author!It covers a wide range of emotions and topics that captures the spectrum from life to death, feel...
  • Inderjit Sanghera
    A meditation on the colour white; mellifluous and meandering, ‘The White Book’ is an exquisite jewel box of a book whose iridescence shimmers with a gossamer-web of whiteness of limitless shades; from the gentle fall of snow to the soundless flap of a butterflies wing to the glaring violent whiteness of electric lights, ‘The White Book’ is about the beauty and whimsy of whiteness;“On nights when the moon is unusually large, she can leav...
  • Debbie Kinsey
    Han Kang’s previous novels that have been translated into English have this way of not looking at their central character or message too directly, and she circles around them, showing you different perspectives on them. This novel/non-fiction/poetry/whatever short book does do that, but also feels much more direct and personal than her other work. It’s also more experimental, so probably won’t be for everyone, but I loved it. It’s a fragm...
  • Jonathan Pool
    I've rarely waited so long after reading a book to post my review. I know this author is deservedly acclaimed on the strength of her back catalogue. The White Book has been universally praised by those whose opinions I respect. Why does the book leave me a bit cold, and certainly not as moved as I was after reading Human Acts?I realise that the white packaging, the ivory paper, the sparseness of the prose is conveying a message of its own. Place...
  • Kate
    5/5starsHan Kang does it again. My copy is highlighted to a point that I think less of the book is blank than marked. This was beautiful.
  • Marianne Søiland
    Annerledes shortstories med fargen hvit som gjennomgangstema.Omtale på bloggen min her:
  • Femke Zwiep
    ik heb echt het gevoel dat er iets belangrijks in de vertaling verloren is gegaan
  • Angelina
    A surprsingly poetic collection of thoughts, musings and memories that reflects on life, death and everything in between. The colour white could be pure, fragile, cold and emotionless, but Hang Kangs's little impressions are haunting, atmospheric and evocative. I just found the black and white photos scattered here and there in the book too detached and not delicate enough. Even surgical.WaveIn the distance, the surface of the water bulgesupwards...
  • Nadia Ghanem
    Han Kang's latest work is a lot more experimental that I had expected and the form just did not work for me.I was expecting that it would be as magical and biting as The Vegetarian in terms of how the narrative would be constructed, but The White Book is quite different. The White Book is written like a list with a series of entries and thoughts about them. Each entry bears the name of a thing that is white in colour and that Han Kang has associa...
  • Marc Nash
    A fragile thing of beauty. Gossamer light. Not brittle by any means, but slight all the same, oh so slight, which is why I gave it 4 stars rather than the full complement as with her previous 2 books. Size may not be everything, but it does count for something. Impressions, images, metaphors inspired by the colour white. Clouds, snow, white yulan flowers, the white fur of a dog, swaddling cloth and cere sheets/ burial shrouds, especially when the...
  • Krista
    Now I will give you white things,What is white though may yet be sullied;Only white things will I give.No longer will I questionWhether I should give this life to you. I was gobsmacked by the first two books I read by Han Kang – the dreamy and moving The Vegetarian, the forcefully illuminating Human Acts – and I savoured what those two works taught to me of South Korean society. By contrast, The White Book is something totally different: In t...