A North Korean couple sit by the river in Pyongyang. Adam Johnson wanted to know about the people who didn’t defect, who strolled beside the river in Pyongyang and had picnics. Picture: AP

Adam Johnson, writer of THAT North Korea novel, on his absurd world

The Hong Kong International Literary Festival speaker, who won a Pulitzer Prize for The Orphan Master’s Son, talks about his lonely childhood and why his stories tend to veer towards the bizarre

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A North Korean couple sit by the river in Pyongyang. Adam Johnson wanted to know about the people who didn’t defect, who strolled beside the river in Pyongyang and had picnics. Picture: AP
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