Pulitzer Winner Journeys Inside North Korea
May 09, 2013
The headlines surrounding North Korea’s military threats have been everywhere recently, but what we don’t see very often are the stories about the people who live under this oppressive regime. What are their lives like?
The 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, explores this question and issues of personal vs. national identity in a novel that is both love story and thriller. In awarding the prize on April 15, the Pulitzer committee cited the book as "…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."
Johnson spent three years writing and researching The Orphan Master’s Son, including a six-day visit to North Korea. The book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and was named Amazon’s Best Book of the Month in January 2012.
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