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'The Vegetarian' remains No. 1 best-seller in S. Korea for third week

All News 12:04 June 02, 2016

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- "The Vegetarian," this year's Man Booker International Prize-winning novel, has kept its No. 1 position in South Korea for a third straight week, a local online bookstore said Thursday.

The fiction by South Korean writer Han Kang was the No. 1 best-seller for the week of May 26-June 1, the third week since it won one of the world's top three prestigious awards in writing, the website of Yes24 showed.

Another Han Kang novel, "The Boy Is Coming," stayed at second place for two straight weeks, and yet another one, "Huin," climbed four notches to rank fifth.

Han is the first South Korean writer to win the Man Booker International Prize.

Critically acclaimed and a New York Times best-seller, "The Vegetarian" depicts a modern-day Korean life where disturbing, recurring nightmares force the heroine, Yeong-hye, to drop her eating habits and become a vegetarian.

In a country where meat is the center of most meals and conformity overrides individuality, her family and husband, shocked and in disbelief, regard it as an act of subversion. They try to change her mind in a forceful way, and Yeong-hye, in turn, becomes more defiant and detached.

sojungpark@yna.co.kr
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