Sunday 21 December 2014

Pulitzer Prize goes to novel on North Korea

Published 17/04/2013 | 12:43

Johnson spent time in North Korea to research his book.

The Pulitzer Prize for fiction has been won by author Adam Johnson for his novel based in North Korea, 'The Orphan Master's Son'.

Last year, judges failed to select a winner of the award for fiction for the first time in 35 years. Johnson 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," said Johnson.

"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."

Tom Reiss's biography 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 general non-fiction was awarded to Gilbert King for 'Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America', which details racial injustice in Florida in 1949.

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