North Korea novel wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction

  • The Pulitzer Prize for fiction was awarded on Tuesday to author Adam Johnson for his novel set in North Korea, The Orphan Master's Son.

    Johnson, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University, spent time in North Korea to research his book.

    "I wanted to give a picture of what it was like to be an ordinary person in North Korea. It's illegal there for citizens to interact with foreigners, so the only way I could really get to know these people was through my imagination," he said.

    Pulitzer judges praised the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart".

    Other books nominated for the prize were: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

    Tom Reiss' biography on the life of French aristocrat Alex Dumas, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, won the Pulitzer Prize for biography.

    The prize for non-fiction was won by Gilbert King for Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America, which discusses racial prejudice in Florida in 1949.

    The New York Times won four prizes, including three awards for its reporting.

    Caroline Shaw, a 30-year-old violinist and vocalist, was awarded the $10,000 Pulitzer Prize for music.

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