The White Book by Han Kang review

Korean author Han Kang is not interested in sentimentality, but is committed to depth Buy Now “Now will give you white things, What is white, though may yet be sullied; Only white things will give.” These lines, one the rare eruptions poetry in Han Kang’ studied and astonishing novel, set out the author’ intentions: she wishes to speak to us a particular colour, and her character’s encounters with it. The White Book with a – salt, snow, “laughing whitely” – and the character hopes that this white will be “transformative”. That it will help her peace, uncomplicatedness, and the whiteness calm. Using this monochromatic map, Kang leads us through a life, one that is filled with the weight history, and a particular bereavement. Her unnamed protagonist has moved to a “city severe winters”, a lightless place where the are . Here, memory insinuates itself, insisting that she look back to the hard, rural life her parents. To the premature sibling born before her, with “a face as white as a crescent-moon rice cake”, who died her early arrival and the remoteness […]

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