Human Acts

Translation: Deborah Smith


In Human Acts, Han Kang writes about the Gwangju protests of 1980 that shook South Korea, already going through the death of the president-dictator, Park Chung-hee, coup d’état and declaration of martial law. But it is primarily a story of trauma and all shades of humanity – both dark and bright. Han Kang weaves the narration of many characters, alive and dead, that address each other, sometimes taking off the curtain that divides us and them.

Also available in Polish: Nadchodzi chłopiec.

"Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel? Is the experience of cruelty the only thing we share as a species? Is the dignity that we cling to nothing but self-delusion, masking from ourselves this single truth: that each one of us is capable of being reduced to an insect, a ravening beast, a lump of meat?"

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Trigger warning: drastyczna przemoc; wojna / terroryzm;






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