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The Orphan Master’s Son

by Adam Johnson

The ground-breaking story about a young man’s passage through the prison camps and dictatorship of North Korea.

Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings.

He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea.

He knows he must find his true love, Sun Moon, the greatest opera star who ever lived, before it’s too late.

He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp.

He’s going to get out soon.


‘You know you are in the hands of someone who can tell a story … fantastic’ Zadie Smith

‘…A powerful, disturbing novel that explores the brutality and absurdity of life in the nightmarish world of the Democratic People’s Republic.’ James Bradley, Weekend Australian


15 April, 2012

About Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His second novel The Orphan Master's Son won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was a New York Times bestseller. His short story NIRVANA won the EFG/Sunday Times Best Short Story Award 2014. He lives in San Francisco with his family.


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