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The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Author:  Adam Johnson

ISBN:  9780857520555

Weight:  990g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson

Citizens of our beloved Democratic Republic of North Korea!  Imagine the life of an orphan boy plucked from nowhere to be trained as a tunnel assassin, a kidnapper, a spy.

He has no father but the State, no sweetheart but Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, whose face is tattooed on his chest.

Imagine he lives in our very own country, a model of exemplary Communism.  A nation that is the envy of the world, especially the Americans.  Where the only stories people need to hear are those blasting out of loudspeakers to the glory of our dear Leader, Kim Jong il.

Dry your eyes now, comrades!  Prepare to hear the Greatest North Korean Love Story Ever Told.

The Orphan Master's Son is an iconoclastic work of fiction, part thriller, part coming-of-age story, part love story.  Dark, playful and genre-defying, its searing depiction of one man’s epic journey through the surrealist brutality of North Korea shines a fierce light on the essence of the human condition.

An addictive novel of daring ingenuity; a study of sacrifice and freedom in a citizen-eating dynasty; and a timely reminder that anonymous victims of oppression are also human beings who love.  A brave and impressive book.

David Mitchell, author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

Bibliographic Data
Title:Adam Johnson
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Red boards decorated with a pale blue shark motif, cream and pale blue text on spine and front cover, red endpapers, pale blue and silver decorative head and tail bands.
Jacket features:This has a die-cut ‘porthole’ so the design on the pictorial front cover is visible.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some pushing to spine ends.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:Transworld Publishers
Awards and prizes:Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780857520555
ISBN 10:0857520555
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
H x W x D:242 x 161 x 39mm
Design Credits
Jacket design:Stephen Mulcahey / TW

Collectors Notes

  • The Orphan Master’s Son won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  The judges’ citation for Adam Johnson’s winning book reads “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.”

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