Han Kang, winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel “The Vegetarian,” on May 25 in Oslo, Norway, will announce the title of her manuscript to be included in the Future Library project.
Conceived by Scottish artist Kate Paterson and launched in 2014, the Norwegian-based project aims to connect present and future generations through the writings of 100 renowned authors. Han will also hold a handover ceremony on May 25, and all of the manuscripts will be released in the year 2114.
“Kang’s stories explore violence, cruelty, fleeting life and the acceptance of human fragility. I believe her sentiments will be carried through trees, received decades from now, still timeless,” Paterson said in explaining her decision to bring Kang on board.
Other authors who have contributed a book to the project include Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Icelandic novelist Sjon and Turkish writer Elif Shafak. Kang is the fifth to join the project and the first from Asia.
A thousand trees have been planted in a forest near Oslo to supply paper for the collection of books to be printed in a century’s time.
Source: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism