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The Ginseng Hunter

(2008)
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Set at the turn of the twenty-first century in China along the Tumen River, which separates northeast China and North Korea, The Ginseng Hunter is an unforgettable portrait of life along a fragile border.

A Chinese ginseng hunter lives alone in the valley and spends his days up in the mountains looking for ginseng and preparing for winter. He is scarcely aware of the larger world until shadowy figures hiding in the fields, bodies floating in the river, and rumors of thievery and murder begin to intrude on his cherished solitude. On one of his monthly trips to Yanji, where he buys supplies and visits a brothel, he meets a young North Korean prostitute. Through her vivid tales, the tragedy occurring across the river unfolds, and over the course of the year the hunter unnervingly discovers that the fates of the young woman and four others rest in his hands.

Spare, intimate, and strikingly atmospheric, The Ginseng Hunter takes us into the little-understood lives of North Koreans and confirms Jeff Talarigo's immense gift for storytelling.


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April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Ginseng Hunter: A Novel
Author(s): Jeff Talarigo
ISBN: 0-385-51739-4 / 978-0-385-51739-3 (USA edition)
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April 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Ginseng Hunter
Author(s): Jeff Talarigo
ISBN: 0-307-27523-X / 978-0-307-27523-3 (USA edition)
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August 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Ginseng Hunter
Author(s): Jeff Talarigo
ISBN: 1-72131-615-9 / 978-1-72131-615-1 (USA edition)
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July 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ginseng Hunter
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July 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Ginseng Hunter
Author(s): Jeff Talarigo
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April 2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Ginseng Hunter
Author(s): Jeff Talarigo
ISBN: 0-7927-5345-3 / 978-0-7927-5345-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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April 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ginseng Hunter: A Novel
Author(s): Jeff Talarigo
Publisher: Anchor
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