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Book Salon
The Vegetarian

  • This month we're reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Our faculty host is Dafna Zur.

    Listen to an interview with our Book Salon host.

    "The Vegetarian challenges us to consider how fiction can simultaneously bring us closer to personal or social truths, and also keep us at a confounding distance from those truths."

    Dafna Zur, assistant professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

How to Participate

>> Read the interview transcript with this month's host, Dafna Zur

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About this quarter's book selection

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

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