Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. In 1993 she made her literary debut as a poet, and was first published as a novelist in 1994. A participant in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Han has won the Man Booker International Prize (for The Vegetarian), the Yi Sang Literary Award, the Today’s Young Artist Award, and the Manhae Prize for Literature. She currently works as a professor in the department of creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Author photo by Park Jaehong.
Deborah Smith's translations from the Korean include three books by Han Kang—The White Book (shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Inernational Prize), The Vegetarian (winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize) and Human Acts—and two novels by Bae Suah, A Greater Music and Recitation. In 2015 Deborah completed a PhD at SOAS on contemporary Korean literature and founded Tilted Axis, a not-for-profit press focusing on contemporary fiction from Asia. In 2016 she won the Arts Foundation Award for Literary Translation. She tweets as @londonkoreanist.