Kim Young-ha

Of John Le Carre’s books, I’ve only read ‘The Spy Who Came In From The Cold,’ and I haven’t read anything by Graham Greene, but I’ve heard a great deal about how ‘Your Republic Is Calling You’ reminded English readers of those two writers. I don’t really have any particular interest in Cold War spy novels.

– Kim Young-ha

I like to take certain aspects of genre fiction and modify them in my own way. ‘Your Republic Is Calling You’ follows the form of a spy novel, but it leads readers into a world of Kafkaesque irrationality.

– Kim Young-ha

When I wrote ‘Your Republic Is Calling You,’ it was Franz Kafka’s writing that I had most in mind, and James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses.’ Entirely out of the blue, Kafka’s characters receive an order to go somewhere, and when they try to comply, they never quite manage it. Ki-yong in ‘Your Republic Is Calling You’ is precisely that sort of character.

– Kim Young-ha