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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

Its as if Kafka decided to write a John LeCarre novel, chose to set it in North Korea, and then suddenly realized he didn't have to make up crazy, haunting, metaphorical images, because the PRK supplies plenty of its own. Adam Johnson executes a pretty impressive juggling act here, balancing broad satire with agonizing pathos, he creates art out of horrors and humanity out of desolation. And, yes, Kim Jong-il does appear as a character in the later half of the book.