I have recommended this book before. I would recommend also reading the non-fiction report on the north Korean social structure by Robert Collins called "Marked for Life: North Korea's Social Classification System." It can be down loaded here: http://www.hrnk.org/uploads/pdfs/HRNK_Songbun_Web.pdf
This Pulitzer Prize winning fiction account of north Korea is something that "operationalizes" Robert Collins' seminal work on the north Korean social structure. Everyone concerned with future operations in north Korea, to include planning and preparing for regime collapse and what happens in north Korea either during post-regime collapse or post-war. Again I recommend reading Adam Johnson's book along with Robert Collins' important report.
Adam Johnson wins the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for 2013
By Carolyn Kellogg
April 15, 2013, 12:28 p.m.
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son." The committee described 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 teaches at Stanford; "The Orphan Master's Son" is his third book. Sharon Olds won the poetry award for her collection "Stag’s Leap," cited as "a stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory and new freedom."
The fiction award comes as something as a relief to literature watchers, who were disappointed when the Pulitzer Committee declined to award a fiction prize in 2012. It was only the 11th time in the history of the Pulitzer Prize that the committee declined to award a fiction prize, and the first time that had happened since 1977.
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