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 insidious effects of dividing a nation in two.

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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 hasn t 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 Don t 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.

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YOUNG-HA KIM is the author of the acclaimed I Have the Right to Destroy Myself and the award-winning Black Flower. He has earned a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation, publishing seven novels and five collections of stories. He lives in Busan, South Korea.

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