Join fellow Columbia alumni as the book club discusses Chris Stacey's selection Human Acts by Han Kang. Our host David Hartmann hopes you will join us for an evening of lively discussion moderated by Chris Stacey.
In May 1980, student demonstrations set off a popular uprising in Gwangju, South Korea. Government forces responded with bullets, beatings, and ruthless brutality. Whether or not you are familiar with the Gwangju Uprising, Han Kang’s latest novel will give you a sense of witness to the historic massacre, and an echo of the victims’ voices. Human Acts, a novel in linked stories, opens in the midst of this...Read this book and marvel at how such spare, lyrical language can illuminate such brutal matter. Read it to grapple, for the first time or again, with the riddle that Gwangju poses: how can two defining yet paradoxical human acts - violence and dignity- coexist?
-Ann Beman, Los Angeles Review
Date: Thursday, July 23
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Zoom: Link sent in advance to all registrants.