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The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee

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Compelling, suspenseful and unforgettable, THE SURRENDERED is a stunning epic of war, redemption and human longing. It is a masterpiece, fit to stand alongside the greatest novels of the past twenty-five years. Chang Rae Lee might be a new name to you but this Korean-American novelist has had much critical acclaim for his previous three novels. The Surrendered, set in and around the Korean War, has at its roots a shocking event that really happened to the author’s father and explores the ongoing human consequences of conflict in harrowing, intimate terms. A page turning, compelling read.

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The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee

June Han has forged a life thousands of miles from her birthplace: she has built a business in New York, survived a husband, borne a child. But her past holds more secrets than she has ever been able to tell, and thirty years after her escape from war-ravaged Korea, the time has come for her to confront them. Hector Brennan, fighter, drinker and 'failure grand and total', is the man who long ago saved June's life. And between them lies the story of the beautiful, damaged Sylvie Tanner, whose elusive love they both once sought. On a journey that takes them from the scorched hillsides and abandoned rice paddies of a shattered Korea to a blood-soaked century-old Italian battlefield, together June and Hector go in search of their past, bound together by a legacy of shocking acts of violence and love.

About the Author

Chang-Rae Lee is the author of the bestselling novel Native Speaker, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/Pen award. He teaches at Princeton University.

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Publication date

3rd March 2011


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Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


480 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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