by Han Kang

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ISBN9788954640718
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Release DateMay 25th, 2016
Publisher난다
LanguageKorean
GenrePoetry, Fiction, Contemporary
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  • Bookdragon Sean
    2017-12-19
    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
    2018-05-18
    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
    2017-12-21
    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
    2018-02-10
    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
    2017-11-09
    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
    2018-02-08
    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
    2017-11-08
    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
    2018-01-05
    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
    2018-03-24
    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
    2018-05-16
    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
  • Viv JM
    2018-04-20
    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
    2017-11-12
    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...
  • Rebecca Foster
    2018-06-07
    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...
  • Laurent
    2018-01-12
    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...
  • Marianne Søiland
    2018-03-15
    Annerledes shortstories med fargen hvit som gjennomgangstema.Omtale på bloggen min her:https://ebokhyllami.blogspot.ca/2018/...
  • Karen Mace
    2017-12-19
    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...
  • Debbie Kinsey
    2017-12-03
    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...
  • Inderjit Sanghera
    2018-03-16
    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...
  • Jonathan Pool
    2018-05-31
    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
    2018-04-14
    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.
  • Femke Zwiep
    2018-04-02
    ik heb echt het gevoel dat er iets belangrijks in de vertaling verloren is gegaan
  • Marc Nash
    2017-11-13
    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
    2018-05-15
    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...
  • Claire Reads Books
    2018-03-02
    Wow – just stunning ✨
  • Lydia
    2018-04-23
    I love Han Kang’s writing and this was no exception. Meditations on the colour white, but also of death, of life, of breath, of rebirth were captured in short pieces of flash fiction. Some of which really took my breath away and some of which, unfortunately, I think, due to the nature of the text, were a little more forgettable. This is perhaps one of her more hopeful works. Kang writes a lot about violence and human violence and incidental vio...
  • Kirra
    2017-12-25
    Beautiful, sad and touching with all the grace of honest words and stark pages. The White Book by Han Kang (author of Man Booker International Prize winner, The Vegetarian) is the latest book to be translated into English. When I saw this beautiful book and read about how it was a really experimental and autobiographical piece of work I had to have it. The pages show photos and art from her own view as well as honest short pieces of writing about...
  • Roxana Toloza Chacón
    2018-01-25
    3.5This was a heartbreaking and powerful read, but the second part was, in my opinion, not as well constructed and accomplished. I see where the author was going with it, but it didn't feel as strong as the first and third sections.
  • Marius Paulsen (Antari-kun)
    2018-05-20
    This is a new favorite for sure. It tore open something that made me feel so much, the words remind me of something nostalgic, and something utterly simple yet unique. Han Kang has really written something fantastic and you should all read this if you get the chance!