If few have finished the book, do we delay? I don't mind doing so,
since we did not have our summer break in July.
We may have two new members: Peggy Delmastro-Pu from China and the US,
who teaches piano at the Konservatorium, and Orsi Serkédi from Hungary,
who teaches English for Academic Studies at the Uni Berne.
> Subject: Literary reading with Adam Johnson, Pulizer Prize Winner
> We would like to inform you about a literary reading at Collegium generale,
> University of Bern, which might be of interest to your members.
> Reading by Adam Johnson on Thuesday, May 23, 2017;
> at the Mainbuilding of University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4, HS 201, 18:15-19:30.
> Adam Johnson will read from his novel "The Orphan Master's Son".
> The novel ist set in North Korea and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
> Collegium generale literary readings are open to the public and entry is free.
> We reserve the right to make changes to the program.
> Project manager: Prof. Dr. Oliver Lubrich
> The literary readings on "Dictatorship" will continue in the fall semester 2017.
> For further information please contact:
> If your are interested in the reading by Adam Johnson, we could send you the Flyer.
> With kind regards
> Barbara Kindler
Adam Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper's and Tin House, as well as in Best New American Voices. His other works include Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. He lives in San Francisco.
The Orphan Master's Son deserves a place up there with dystopian classics such as Nineteen Eighty-four and Brave New World, but readers need to be reminded: it is a novel. If readers want to know more about North Korean prison camps, I'd recommend works of non-fiction such as The Aquariums of Pyongyang, about a nine-year-old boy sent to a camp, or the upcoming Escape from Camp 14, about a young man born in a camp. The truth is that North Koreans who fall foul of this heartless regime die slow, prosaic deaths of starvation or diseases caused by chronic malnutrition.
By Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea