A mother weeps at the grave of her son, one of the victims of the Kwangju massacre. Photo: Corbis

How Han Kang made herself a conduit for memories of an atrocity in South Korea

The poet and novelist says that something broke inside her teenage self when she found out about the 1980 massacre of student protestors in Gwangju, and her acclaimed new novel tries to make sense of the human propensity for violence

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A mother weeps at the grave of her son, one of the victims of the Kwangju massacre. Photo: Corbis
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