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Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

Title: Pachinko

Author:  Min Jin Lee

ISBN:  9781786691354

Weight:  935g

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Yeongdo, Korea 1911.

In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl.  The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin.  But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.

Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.

Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

Peer & Press Reviews

Stunning…  Pachinko is about outsiders, minorities and the politically disenfranchised.  But it is so much more besides.  Each time the novel seems to find its locus – Japan’s colonization of Korea, World War II as experienced in East Asia, Christianity, family, love, the changing role of women – it becomes something else.  It becomes even more than it was.

New York Times

We never feel history being spoon-fed to us: it is wholly absorbed into character and story, which is no mean feat for a novel covering almost a century of history.

Financial Times

Love, luck, and talent combine with cruelty and random misfortune in a deeply compelling story, with the troubles of ethnic Koreans living in Japan never far from view.  An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth.


Bibliographic Info

Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Overall condition:Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed:On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes:National Book Awards 2017 – longlist
Book Stats
Publisher:Head of Zeus
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Books GmbH, Germany
ISBN 13:9781786691354
ISBN 10:1786691353
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):235 x 157 x 43mm
Design Credits
Author photograph:Elena Seibert
Jacket image (front):South Korean woman cooks food on the street; Tonduk, Korea, 1951.  Getty Images (Afro Newspaper / Gado).
Jacket image (back):Osaka, Japan, 1880s.

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