SOAS University of London

SOAS alumna and research fellow wins the Man Booker International Prize

18 May 2016
The Vegetarian

Deborah Smith, Research Fellow in the Centre of Korean Studies at SOAS University of London, has won the Man Booker International Prize for her translation of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian.

Ms Smith said: "I'm so grateful for all the support, encouragement and opportunities that have brought me to this stage - from the SOAS Korean department, and especially my supervisor Dr Grace Koh, who were the key to unlocking this fascinating culture and starting me on the path to such a thrilling, fulfilling career."

Ms Smith has submitted her PhD in Contemporary Korean Literature at SOAS and is the UK's only published translator of contemporary Korean fiction. She was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Literary Translation earlier this year and has recently launched Tilted Axis Press, a not-for-profit company, publishing books that are stylistically and/or politically radical and are translated from Asian languages.

Han Kang is a celebrated author with a string of accolades including the Yi Sang Literary Prize, the Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award.