There have been so many human injustices perpetrated by governments around the world that it’s difficult to keep track of each terrifying atrocity. In Human Acts, Han Kang examines the horrific violence of the Gwangju Uprising, a massacre of civilians in one of South Korea’s largest cities that took place in 1980.
As we inaugurate a president who believes climate change is a hoax, whose cabinet choices have made racist, homophobic, and xenophobic statements, and who has himself spoken hatefully and aggressively about immigrants, Muslims, women, and other marginalized communities, books are more essential than ever.
Most people keep diaries to remember big moments, but Sarah Manguso kept hers to preserve the tiniest of details. For twenty-five years, Manguso, who’s published seven books to nearly universal acclaim, wrote daily and fastidiously to produce a diary of more than 100,000 pages.