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Snow Hunters

Snow Hunters

A Novel

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A haunting literary debut of a Korean POW learning to adapt to a new life in Brazil from the novelist New York Magazine calls a “quotidian-surreal craft-master.”

Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must let go of his traumatic past.

In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves that love can dissolve loneliness, that hope can wash away despair, and that a man who has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and tenderness.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476714813 | 
  • August 2013
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Paul Yoon on the inspiration for SNOW HUNTERS

In this elegant and highly anticipated debut novel, a Korean War refugee must confront the wreckage of his past as he begins a new life in Brazil.

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Snow Hunters 1
That winter, during a rainfall, he arrived in Brazil.

He came by sea. On the cargo ship he was their only passenger. In the last days of the ship’s journey it had grown warm and when he remarked that there was no snow, the crew members laughed. They had been throwing fish overboard, as they always did, for luck, and he watched as the birds twisted their bodies in the wind and dove. He had never seen the ocean before, had never journeyed so far as he had in this month alone. He was called Yohan and he... see more

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