by Han Kang

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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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Title
ISBN9788954640718
Author
Release DateMay 25th, 2016
Publisher난다
LanguageKorean
GenrePoetry, Fiction, Contemporary
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Reviews 흰

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    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...
  • Amalia Gavea
    2019-02-13
    ‘’I hold nothing dear. Not the place where I live, not the door I pass through every day, not even, damn it, my life.’’ In the beautiful, mysterious world of colours white retains an exceptional position. White is purity, light, clarity, sanctity, fragility. White is the symbol of the union between two people and the colour of mourning in East Asian culture. In Greece, white is the colour of purity and the sun. The houses in our islands a...
  • Diane S ☔
    2019-03-06
    Such a difficult book to describe, difficult to review. A very unconventional narrative, but the writing is just gorgeous. Sad at times, a reflection on the sister that she never knew using the color white. Descriptions of the feelings these things invoke, politics, reminders of the past, present. Meaningful. Things that make one ponder, ask questions.Lace curtain. "Is it because of some billowing whiteness within us, unsullied, inviolate, that o...
  • Elyse Walters
    2019-01-06
    This is the 3rd book I’ve read by Han Kang, a phenomenal contemporary Korean writer. ‘The Vegetarian’.....was fierce with haunting prose making it very hard to put down. It was gut-wrenching painful for me personally having survived the horrific years when our daughter was starving herself to death.....Yet....I knew I was reading something brilliant. I became an instant fan of Han Kang.The next book I read by this young exceptional author w...
  • 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...
  • Michael
    2019-01-18
    This comes across as a series of meditations on things that are white, written as vignettes in probing and poignant language you could call prose poetry. I was delighted with the majority of more than 60 pieces, most 1-2 pages long, as wonderful play with metaphors of white. But I was also drawn past delight to accommodation to dark and melancholy paths. The narrator, reflecting back from elderly years, is sharing how she comes to terms with many...
  • 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,...
  • Marjorie
    2019-01-25
    The narrator of this book doesn’t have a name in the book, although it’s no secret that this is an autobiographical work by this author and is a love letter to her long deceased older sister. The book starts with a list of white items, including swaddling bands, newborn gown, snow, ice and shroud. This book is a series of very short chapters consisting of meditation-like bursts of thoughts. Running through these thoughts is the story of the a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Doug
    2018-10-24
    I really enjoyed Kang's acclaimed 'The Vegetarian', and this was so totally different in both format and style, that it came as something of a surprise. And while I could certainly 'appreciate' what she does here, I must say the results left me rather ... cold and indifferent; even though the sad event that occasions her musings here are something I can relate to, having had a stillborn older sibling myself.Partially this has do to my dislike for...
  • 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...
  • Maxwell
    2019-02-24
    I didn't connect with this one, unfortunately. I really enjoyed the previous two novels I read by Han Kang and was looking forward to reading this. However, it is quite a different style than her more traditional novels. This is an examination of the color white, paralleled with the story of a woman who loses her baby hours after it is born. It re-imagines that baby's life in tandem with the narrator's own life who came into existence only becaus...
  • Blair
    2019-03-12
    This short book is structured as a series of meditations on 'white things', from snow and white birds to the more abstract: silence; spirit; the concept of 'laughing whitely', a Korean phrase which describes forced, mirthless laughter. The narrator is living in an unfamiliar country, where she knows little of the language, and finds herself reflecting on the brief life and death of her sister – a baby her mother delivered herself at the age of ...
  • Rachel
    2017-12-19
    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...
  • Calzean
    2019-04-25
    Very emotional set of words which mainly covers the death of her elder sister after only two hours of life. It is told through a series of very short scenes covering memories or events which all have something with the colour white in common. Sprinkled amongst the pages are some stark photographs which add to the general feeling of loneliness and loss. Hats off to the translator who was able to capture the author's rhythms and emotions amongst th...
  • Ana
    2019-02-21
    Much annotated and very much loved. Han Kang’s words through Deborah Smith’s skilful touch are, as always, a different kind of magic!
  • Yoda
    2018-12-26
    The White Book is calm and beautiful read, I love it and cannot wait to read the vegetarian.
  • Konstantin
    2019-03-18
    Heartfelt, raw, pure.
  • 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...
  • Zak
    2018-09-01
    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.
  • Sarah
    2018-07-16
    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...
  • Rebecca
    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...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    2019-03-15
    "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,...
  • Lark Benobi
    2019-03-09
    This short fiction felt to me like brief poetic essays. Essay as in: to try. There are many breathtaking and beautiful tries here in this book. Some of the tries didn’t land for me but I admired that Kang tried at all. The sections that felt the most perfect and true and unique were those that imagined most directly the brief life of the narrator’s older sister. Other sections felt a bit over-manipulated at times to fit with the author’s or...