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.
A disturbing, yet beautifully composed narrative told in three parts, The Vegetarian is an allegorical novel about modern day South Korea, but also a story of obsession, choice, and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.
Man Booker Int’l Prize 2016 sudah mengeluarkan shorlistnya, dan the Vegetarian masuk sesuai prediksi saya (padahal belum baca satu bukunya baik dari longlist maupun shortlist). A must buy book of the year.
Shortlist Man Booker Int’l Prize 2016 bisa dibaca di sini
This is an entry of Wishful Wednesday by Perpus Kecil