“The Orphan Master’s Son” is not for the faint of heart. The novel is a microscope on the evil that is DPRK, also known as North Korea, an evil so horrendous, it rivals the Holocaust for human depravity. But this evil is different in some ways. It is not directed against ‘the other’, but against one’s own people. And Johnson personalizes this evil with a haunting, powerful story about one man’s journey through this dark abyss.
“The boys stopped at the harbor, its dark waters ropy with corpses, thousands of them in the throes of the waves, looking like curds of sticky millet that start to flop and toss when the pan heats.”
≈Adam Johnson in “The Orphan Master’s Son”≈