Your Republic Is Calling You

Your Republic Is Calling You

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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 insidiouseffects of dividing a nation in two.

Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780151015450
0151015457
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kim, Chi-Young

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I enjoyed the fresh point of view of Korean war. Young-Ha Kim showed the dilemma of the North Korean spy who stayed in South Korea over 20 years without any mission till getting the retuning message recently. He was adjusted in life style of South Korea, and couldn't imagine to live in North Korea where the communism still worked. What could he tell about the situation to his wife and daughter who did not know his real identity and nationality at all?

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