A NovelBook - 2016
In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.
The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho's best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.
An award-winning, controversial bestseller, Human Acts is a timeless, pointillist portrait of an historic event with reverberations still being felt today, by turns tracing the harsh reality of oppression and the resounding, extraordinary poetry of humanity.
Shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award
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LPL_PolliK May 04, 2018
A stunning book, one you will read while holding your breath. Set in Korea during the Gwangju student uprising in 1980, this book captures an event and a political reality I knew nothing about, but now will never forget. Kang writes hauntingly about the uprising, the emotions, the killings, the t... Read More »
LPL_KimberlyL Dec 17, 2016
#9 Read a book translated from another language.