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Episode 154: Han Kang, The Vegetarian (with guest Sam Allingham)

This week we welcome guest Sam Allingham, author of the recently published story collection The Great American Songbook, to talk about Han Kang’s novel The Vegetarian, which won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

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We talk about the book’s initial humor, and its ultimate bleakness. We also talk a bit about novels in translation, and why people tend to think of foreign books as “weird.” And of course we put Sam through our usual lightning-round tomfoolery.

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