Review: The Sorcerer of Pyongyang is a melancholy take on the fabled hermit kingdom of North Korea

By Mark Thomas
July 22 2022 - 2:00pm
  • The Sorcerer of Pyongyang, by Marcel Theroux. Corsair, $32.99.

A decade ago a burly, charming American who had visited North Korea only once wrote a compelling novel about that country, The Orphan Master's Son. As a feat of imagination, secondary research and literary bravado, Adam Johnson's book rivals Martin's Cruz Smith's account of three murders beside an icy pond within a city he had never then visited, Gorky Park.



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