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The Prisoner

(2021)
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A sweeping account of imprisonment--in time, in language, and in a divided country--from Korea's most acclaimed novelist

In 1993, writer and democracy activist Hwang Sok-yong was sentenced to five years in the Seoul Detention Center upon his return to South Korea from North Korea, the country he had fled with his family as a child at the start of the Korean War. Already a dissident writer well-known for his part in the democracy movement of the 1980s, Hwang's imprisonment forced him to consider the many prisons to which he was subject--of thought, of writing, of Cold War nations, of the heart.

In this capacious memoir, Hwang moves between his imprisonment and his life--as a boy in Pyongyang, as a young activist protesting South Korea's military dictatorships, as a soldier in the Vietnam War, as a dissident writer first traveling abroad--and in so doing, narrates the dramatic revolutions and transformations of one life and of Korean society during the twentieth century.



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Hardback Editions

August 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Prisoner: A Memoir
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong, (Translated by) Anton Hur, (Translated by) Sora Kim-Russell
ISBN: 1-83976-083-4 / 978-1-83976-083-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

August 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Prisoner: A Memoir
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
Publisher: Verso
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


August 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Prisoner: A Memoir
Author(s): Hwang Sok-yong
Publisher: Verso
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU