Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. Her writing has won the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today’s Young Artist Award and the Korean Literature Novel Award. ‘The Vegetarian’, her first novel to be translated into English, was published by Portobello Books in 2015 and won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. She is also the author of ‘Human Acts’ (Portobello, 2016). She is based in Seoul.
Deborah Smith’s translations from Korean include two novels by Han Kang, ‘The Vegetarian’ and ‘Human Acts’, and two by Bae Suah, ‘A Greater Music’ and ‘Recitation’. In 2015 Deborah completed a PhD at SOAS on contemporary Korean literature and founded Tilted Axis Press. In 2016 she won the Arts Foundation Award for Literary Translation.