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The Orphan Master's Son
 
 
Author
Adam Johnson.
Publisher Random House  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780812982626
Pages/Publication Date 456/2012
Daedalus Item Code 39028
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(Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) The Orphan Master's Son is "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart," according to the citation awarded Adam Johnson. The son of a lost mother (a singer "stolen" to Pyongyang) and a father who runs a work camp for orphans, Pak Jun Do is recognized as a loyal and talented servant to his country. He becomes a professional kidnapper, one who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive—until he sets himself against Kim Jong Il to save his beloved Sun Moon. But what is most unexpected, in Johnson's riveting portrait of a world made from hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty, is that one can also find camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

"A great novel can take implausible fact and turn it into entirely believable fiction. That's the genius of The Orphan Master's Son. Adam Johnson has taken the papier-mâché creation that is North Korea and turned it into a real and riveting place that readers will find unforgettable. This is a novel worth getting excited about ... I haven't liked a new novel this much in years.... Johnson has painted in indelible colors the nightmare of Kim's North Korea. When English readers want to understand what it was about—how people lived and died inside a cult of personality that committed unspeakable crimes against its citizens—I hope they will turn to this carefully documented story. The happy surprise is that they will find it such a page turner."—Washington Post

 
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