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Your Republic is Calling You by Young-ha Kim

Your Republic is Calling You by Young-ha Kim

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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 hasn't 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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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 hasn't 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.
http://www.hmhbooks.com/catalog/titledetail.cfm?titleNumber=1175668

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Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Jan 14, 2011
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YOURREPUBLICIS CALLINGYOU
YOUNG-HA KIM
Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim
A Mariner Original>Mariner Books>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston New York 
2010
 
Copyright © Young-ha Kim and MunhakdongnePublishing Co., Ltd., Korea 2006English translation copyright © 2010 by Chi-Young Kim All rights reservedFor information about permission to reproduceselections from this book, write to Permissions,Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company,215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. www.hmhbooks.com
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Kim, Young-ha, date.[Pitui cheguk. English]Your republic is calling you / Young-ha Kim ; translatedfrom the Korean by Chi-Young Kim.p. cm.“A Mariner Original” 
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978-0-15-101545-01. Kim, Young-ha, date—Translations into English. I. Kim,Chi-Young. II. Title.
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992.415.
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5863
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5813 2010895.7'34—dc22 2010002432
Book design by Melissa Lotfy
Printed in the United States of America 
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The translation of this book was funded in part by theDaesan Foundation.

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