Han Kang was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and moved to Seoul at the age of ten. She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University and in 1993 she made her literary debut as a poet with five poems. The following year she began her career as a novelist by winning the Seoul Shinmun Spring Literary Contest for Red Anchor, and her first short story collection, Yeosu, was published in 1995 by Munji Publishing Company. Her publications include the short story collections Fruits of My Woman (2000) and Fire Salamander (2012), and the novels Black Deer (1998), Your Cold Hands (2002), The Vegetarian (2007), Breath Fighting (2010), Greek Lessons (2011), Human Acts (2014) and The White Book (2016).
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. Her following novel, Human Acts won Korea’s Manhae Prize for Literature and the 2017 Malaparte Prize in Italy. She has also received the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today’s Young Artist Award, the 25th Korean Novel Award, the Hwang Sun-won Literary Award and the Dongri Literary Award. She is published in more than thirty languages.
She lives in Seoul.