The White Book

The White Book

Book - 2019
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Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the color white

While on a writer's residency, a nameless narrator wanders the twin white worlds of the blank page and snowy Warsaw. THE WHITE BOOK becomes a meditation on the color white, as well as a fictional journey inspired by an older sister who died in her mother's arms, a few hours old. The narrator grapples with the tragedy that has haunted her family, an event she colors in stark white--breast milk, swaddling bands, the baby's rice cake-colored skin--and, from here, visits all that glows in her memory: from a white dog to sugar cubes.

As the writer reckons with the enormity of her sister's death, Han Kang's trademark frank and chilling prose is softened by retrospection, introspection, and a deep sense of resilience and love. THE WHITE BOOK--ultimately a letter from Kang to her sister--offers powerful philosophy and personal psychology on the tenacity and fragility of the human spirit, and our attempts to graft new life from the ashes of destruction.
Publisher: Random House Inc 2019
ISBN: 9780525573067


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LoganLib_Kirra Jun 14, 2018

Beautiful, sad and touching with all the grace of honest words and stark pages. The White Book by Han Kang (author of Man Booker International Prize winner, The Vegetarian) is the latest book to be translated into English. When I saw this beautiful book and read about how it was a really experimental and autobiographical piece of work I had to have it. The pages show photos and art from her own view as well as honest short pieces of writing about objects or past moments of her life. It's a fantastic little read and impactful with emotion.


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