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Your Republic Is Calling You

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ISBN13: 9780151015450
ISBN10: 0151015457
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"What a ride! Kim leads us into the heart and soul of modern Korea and tells us what it means to be human in a world bristling with borders. I cannot praise it enough." — Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire A foreign film importer, Ki-Yong is a family man with a wife and daughter. He is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for twenty-one years. Suddenly he receives a mysterious e-mail, a directive seemingly from the home office. He has one day to return to headquarters. He hasnt heard from Pyongyang in over ten years. Why is he being called back now? Has someone in the South discovered his secret identity? Spanning the course of one day, Your Republic Is Calling You is an emotionally taut, psychologically haunting novel that reveals the depth of one particularly gripping family secret. Confronting moral questions on small and large scales, it is a searing study of the long and insidious effects of dividing a nation. "Kim, very much like his protagonist, is a spy. He is spying on humanity; the secret information he provides is invaluable." — Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout "Simultaneously suspenseful and meditative, this highly-charged novel about freedom, duty, and inevitability kept me up half the night, turning pages; I spent the other half wide awake, staring at the ceiling, thinking and thinking about it." — Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Dont Come Back from th e Moon

Young-HA KIM is the award-winning author of I Have the Right to Destroy Myself which was highly acclaimed upon publication in the United States. He has earned a reputation as one of the most talented Korean writers of his generation.

Synopsis:

Foreign film importer Gi-yeong is a family man with a wife and daughter. He is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for 21 years. Suddenly he receives a mysterious e-mail directing him to return to headquarters in one day. Has someone in the South discovered his secret identity? Is this a trap?

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Young-ha Kim's latest novel follows a North Korean spy, heavily undercover and long dormant in the South, on the day he is suddenly called back to headquarters.

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A foreign film importer, Gi-yeong is a family man with a wife and daughter. An aficionado of Heineken, soccer, and sushi, he is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for twenty-one years.

 

Suddenly he receives a mysterious email, a directive seemingly from the home office. He has one day to return to headquarters. He hasnt heard from anyone in over ten years. Why is he being called back now? Is this message really from Pyongyang? Is he returning to receive new orders or to be executed for a lack of diligence? Has someone in the South discovered his secret identity? Is this a trap?

Spanning the course of one day, Your Republic Is Calling You is an emotionally taut, psychologically astute, haunting novel that reveals the depth of one particularly gripping family secret and the way in which we sometimes never really know the people we love. Confronting moral questions on small and large scales, it mines the political and cultural transformations that have transformed South Korea since the 1980s. A lament for the fate of a certain kind of man and a certain kind of manhood, it is ultimately a searing study of the long and insidious effects of dividing a nation in two.

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YOUNG-HA KIMs Black Flower won Korea's Dong-in Prize; his first novel, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself was highly acclaimed upon publication in the United States. He has earned a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation, publishing five novels and three collections of short stories.

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FNORDinc, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
This book gets my Vote for the 2010 Puddly award
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FNORDinc, July 2, 2010 (view all comments by FNORDinc)
I imagine being a sleeper agent is a lot like crashing a drunken party. You walk in the door, pretending to be invited. You eat a couple chips and drink a beer. You join conversations and chat with people, avoiding specific conversation topics but not really holding back. ultimately the consequence of your actions may be discovery and ejection from the party. Depending on the climate of the group, you could be offered to stay, or you could be painfully beat to the ground, you could simply be ignored going forward.

I have trouble thinking about being a spy, let alone a sleeper agent. Coming to a country, melding myself with the culture, people, and policies but knowing full well that I did not belong. building relationships, having a family, working a job that ultimately may need to be shed like a second skin and left behind.

Young-Ha Kim’s “Your Republic Is Calling You” was an incredibly fascinating read. Ki-Yong imports movies from other countries. He is moderately successful South Korean businessman and enjoys life for the most part. He met his wife in college where they were both political dissidents. They have a teenage daughter who is well liked. They have their share of family concerns, but overall, things are going well.

The novel covers the full scope of a single day from the perspective of Ki-Yong’s family. Ki-Yong heads to work with a throbbing headache, and receives a coded message via email. He is a sleeper agent for the North Korean government. He came south as a spy during his college years, but lost contact with the north after a regime change. Ki-Yong has been given 24 hours to close out any open business he has, cover his tracks and disappear. A mini-sub will take him back north in the morning.

I have to wonder how I would react in a situation like this? The love for my wife and child would be legitimate, even if my name and history would be false. If I were to stay, the North could send down an assassin to clean me. If I leave, I lose the life i built and the world i have grown accustomed to… I do not think I could make the choice..

This book was very visually and emotional ambiguous. Portions were self destructive/hopeful, calm yet disconcerting. In the end, it was an excellent view into the New South Korean culture, very different in the last 20 years from how it was when the UN was assisting during the Korean War.

-- FNORDinc.com (based on an advance copy)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151015450
Author:
Kim, Young Ha
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Translator:
Kim, Chi-Young
Author:
Kim, Young-ha
Author:
Kim, Chi-Young
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
no art
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.7 lb

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Product details 336 pages Mariner Books - English 9780151015450 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Foreign film importer Gi-yeong is a family man with a wife and daughter. He is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for 21 years. Suddenly he receives a mysterious e-mail directing him to return to headquarters in one day. Has someone in the South discovered his secret identity? Is this a trap?
"Synopsis" by ,
Young-ha Kim's latest novel follows a North Korean spy, heavily undercover and long dormant in the South, on the day he is suddenly called back to headquarters.
"Synopsis" by , A foreign film importer, Gi-yeong is a family man with a wife and daughter. An aficionado of Heineken, soccer, and sushi, he is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for twenty-one years.

 

Suddenly he receives a mysterious email, a directive seemingly from the home office. He has one day to return to headquarters. He hasnt heard from anyone in over ten years. Why is he being called back now? Is this message really from Pyongyang? Is he returning to receive new orders or to be executed for a lack of diligence? Has someone in the South discovered his secret identity? Is this a trap?

Spanning the course of one day, Your Republic Is Calling You is an emotionally taut, psychologically astute, haunting novel that reveals the depth of one particularly gripping family secret and the way in which we sometimes never really know the people we love. Confronting moral questions on small and large scales, it mines the political and cultural transformations that have transformed South Korea since the 1980s. A lament for the fate of a certain kind of man and a certain kind of manhood, it is ultimately a searing study of the long and insidious effects of dividing a nation in two.

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