Win an exclusive edition of Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son
Adam Johnson's second novel, The Orphan Master's Son, set in the North Korea of despotic Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il, follows the life of Park Jun Do, brought up as an orphan and trained as a spy, who finds himself taking the place, and name, of national hero Commander Ga. Replacing Ga also makes him the husband of Sun Moon, the actress whom Jun Do has tattooed upon his skin.
The New York Times described it as "a novel that not only opens a frightening window on the mysterious kingdom of North Korea, but one that also excavates the very meaning of love and sacrifice"; the Guardian suggested that it "deserves a place up there with dystopian classics such as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World".
Advance proof copies of the novel contained a fascinating exclusive: a conversation between Adam Johnson and eminent American writer Richard Powers, whose most recent novel The Echo Maker won the National Book Award and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This interview - which tackles researching a society as closed as North Korea's and working with Kim Jong-Il as a fictional character - appears only in these copies, and not in any finished edition or online.
Courtesy of the publisher, Doubleday, Foyles has three of these exclusive proofs to give away. For your chance to win, just answer the question below.
CLOSING DATE: MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 11TH MARCH 2012
You can also read more about Adam Johnson and his experiences in North Korea on his Author Page.
Which North Korean location is the country's only entry on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites?
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