P&P Live!: Immanuel Kim - Paek Nam-nyong's "Friend" - with Patricia Park

Upcoming Event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 3:00pm

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series.

Paek Nam-nyong’s Friend is a tale of marital intrigue, abuse, and divorce in North Korea. Join translator Immanuel Kim and novelist Patricia Park for a live discussion of this groundbreaking translation of one of North Korea’s most popular writers. A best-seller in North Korea, where Paek continues to live and write, the novel illuminates a side of life in the DPRK that Western readers have never before encountered. The Guardian writes that Friend is a "tender, witty novel.. [that] sharpens our ability to see the fragility and messy humanity in lives too often obscured by state agendas." The New York Times calls Friend a "candid examination of domestic conflict and female ambition, [that] unsettles expectations of North Korean life."  


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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Fiction & Poetry
Friend: A Novel from North Korea (Weatherhead Books on Asia) Cover Image
By Nam-Nyong Paek, Immanuel Kim (Translator)
ISBN: 9780231195614
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Columbia University Press - May 5th, 2020

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