By Young-ha Kim
A overseas movie importer, Gi-yeong is a relatives guy with a spouse and daughter. An aficionado of Heineken, football, and sushi, he's additionally a North Korean secret agent who has been dwelling between his enemies for twenty-one years.
Suddenly he gets a mysterious e mail, a directive likely from the house place of work. He has at some point to come back to headquarters. He hasn’t heard from somebody in over ten years. Why is he being known as again now? is that this message quite from Pyongyang? Is he returning to obtain new orders or to be achieved for an absence of diligence? Has an individual within the South found his mystery identification? is that this a seize?
Spanning the process sooner or later, Your Republic is asking You is an emotionally taut, psychologically astute, haunting novel that unearths the intensity of 1 really gripping kinfolk mystery and how during which we occasionally by no means rather comprehend the folks we adore. Confronting ethical questions about small and big scales, it mines the political and cultural variations that experience reworked South Korea because the Eighties. A lament for the destiny of a undeniable form of guy and a definite form of manhood, it's finally a searing research of the lengthy and insidious results of dividing a state in two.
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