[KS] "The Martyred"

David Kim dkim at asiafound-dc.org
Mon Jun 13 15:14:21 EDT 2011

Dear Korean Studies Colleagues:

It gives me great pleasure to share with you this news on the re-release of "The Martyred."

David Kim


Penguin Classics proudly presents the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist back in print for the first time in twenty-five years…


Richard E. Kim

With an introduction by Heinz Insu Fenkl
and a foreword by Susan Choi

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“Written in a mood of total austerity; and yet the passion of the book is perpetually beating up against its seemingly barren surface…I am deeply moved.”
―Philip Roth

“An extraordinary book.  To take one incident and through it express the universal need of the human heart for God…the agony of doubt combined with the longing to believe, is difficult indeed.  Kim has accomplished just this.”

―Pearl S. Buck

“Kim’s book stands out as one written in the great moral and psychological tradition of Job, Dostoevsky, and Albert Camus…it is a magnificent achievement, and it will last.

―The New York Times Book Review

RICHARD KIM’s breathtaking novel, THE MARTYRED (Penguin Classics; ISBN:  978-0-14-310640-1; On-Sale 5/31/11; $16.00; 240 pages; also available as an e-book), begins during the early weeks of the Korean War. Captain Lee, a young South Korean officer, is ordered to investigate the kidnapping and mass murder of North Korean ministers by Communist forces.  For propaganda purposes, the priests are declared martyrs, but as he delves into the crime, Lee finds himself asking:  what if they are not martyrs?  What if they renounced their faith in the face of death, failing both God and country?  Should the people be fed this lie?  Part thriller, part mystery, part existential treatise, THE MARTYRED is a stunning meditation on truth, religion, and faith in the time of crisis.

THE MARTYRED is a moving modern classic that will appeal to fans of Chang-Rae Lee’s The Surrendered, and its publication is timed to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War (June 1950 to July 1953).  It also follows the recent publication of the fortieth anniversary edition of Richard Kim’s LOST NAMES from University of California Press (ISBN: 9780520268128; on sale:  March 2011; $18.95).

Richard E. Kim (1932-2009) was born Kim Eun Kook in Hamheung, Korea.  After an honorable discharge from the Republic of South Korea’s army, he immigrated to the United States, where he rose to prominence as an academic and a writer of novels, including The Innocent and Lost Names.

Heinz Insu Fenkl is the director of the creative writing program at the State University of New York, New Paltz.

Susan Choi is the author of A Person of Interest, The Foreign Student, and American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize.

by Richard E. Kim with an introduction by Heinz Insu Fenkl and a foreword by Susan Choi
Penguin Classics  ♦ 978-0-14-310640-1 ♦ On-Sale 5/31/11♦ $16.00 ♦  240 pages
Also available as an e-book.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Heinz Insu Fenkl or Susan Choi, please contact:

Langan Kingsley
212.366.2226 / langan.kingsley at us.penguingroup.com

Please visit:


David L. Kim
Coordinator, Luce Scholars Program
The Asia Foundation
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, #815
Washington, DC  20036
Tel: (202) 588-9468 / Fax: (202) 588-9409 / Cell: (301) 787-1195
Email: dkim at asiafound-dc.org<mailto:dkim at asiafound-dc.org>
Skype: Davidlkim (The Asia Foundation)

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