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South Korean novelist wins Man Booker International Prize

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 01:46

South Korean author Han Kang wins the Man Booker International Prize for fiction for her novel ''The Vegetarian''. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION South Korean author Han Kang won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction on Monday (April 16) for her novel "The Vegetarian", a dark, surreal story about a woman who gives up eating meat and seeks to become a tree. The 45-year-old Han had been short-listed for the prize for fiction in translation to English along with Italian writer Elena Ferrante, Angola's Jose Eduardo Agualusa, Chinese author Yan Lianke, Turkey's Orhan Pamuk and Austrian Robert Seethaler. The novel was translated by Deborah Smith, a 28-year-old Briton who only began learning Korean when she was 21. Han and Smith will split the 50,000 pound ($72,000) prize equally, according to the Booker Foundation, which administers the prize as well as the original Man Booker Prize for works in English and published in the United Kingdom, a prestigious award that typically leads to a surge in sales for its winner.

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South Korean novelist wins Man Booker International Prize

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 01:46