Review: ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han Kang, recently published in English translation by Deborah Smith, is an intriguing novella: part cultural survey of modern South Korea, and part investigation of the human agent and its inherent connection to nature. The narrative explores the relationship between Mr Cheong and his wife, Yeong-hye, which becomes more disparate than ever […]

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Not a fallen woman: Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic

Hedda Gabler comes as a ray of (admittedly malevolent) sunshine amidst a September darkened with fallen women. Keira Knightley’s disappointing, if extremely handsome, Anna Karenina is both the dull seductress and the dully seduced, whilst the BBC’s latest success Parade’s End has Rebecca Hall’s Sylvia Tietjens using her sexuality for all sorts of mischievous purposes […]

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