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Human Acts

Paperback - 03 November 2016
Kang, Han (Author)
ISBN-13 : 9781846275975
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Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend's corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalised country searches for a voice. In a sequence of interconnected chapters the victims and the bereaved encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness and the echoing agony of the original trauma. Human Acts is a universal book, utterly modern and profoundly timeless. Already a controversial bestseller and award-winning book in Korea, it confirms Han Kang as a writer of immense importance.

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4 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 26 November 2018
Human Acts
By: Dion Muflia

I'm reading this book without knowing anything about 1980 Gwangju uprising, and coming out feeling sad, but also knowing that these were fiction but that's not far dystopian future, they could happen anytime and anywhere, and they already did. These are human acts. I'm impressed by the unusual use of points of views and the level of intimacy felt from it. I don't know if I can recommend it to everyone, though. You have to be able to stomach violence, some gore and graphic descriptions of torture and PTSD.

4 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 14 May 2018
Great reads
By: Nisrina Ulayya

This book is brutally brilliant. Some parts can get you an ugly cry, others made you wonder about the same the author tried to say. I never knew much about this part of history before, but it's definitely an important one.

4 customer reviews Between 2−3 stars rating, 20 December 2017
A really moving and heart-breaking story based on South Korea history
By: Cintantya Sotya Ratri

The author gives a really moving and heart-breaking into her writing style. It makes me believe that the story he wrote is really happened, but it's just fiction based on history. If you like Haruki Murakami, I highly recommend this book for you.

4 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 09 November 2017
Is it true that humans are fundamentally cruel?
By: Karin Sarwono

you know how people say there are books that will change you? this book is one of them. i am now not the same person i was before i read this book. Han Kang's Human Acts is definitely not for the faint of heart. my very first time reading a book from a South-Korean author, wished i had read it before my trip back in February.

one of the very best books i've ever read in my entire life. 

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