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Novelist Chang-rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee was the first Korean-American novelist brought out by a major American publisher. He’s made publishers and readers happy ever since with his critically-acclaimed “Native Speaker,” “A Gesture Life,” and “Aloft.”

Now, Chang-rae Lee is taking on the wages of war, the Korean War, and how they echo through lives — Korean lives, American lives — nearly forever.

When we go to war, we go to a brutal place. And we bring it home, wherever that home may be.

This hour, On Point: Chang-rae Lee and his new novel of war, “The Surrendered.”

Guest:

Chang-rae Lee, author of the novels “Native Speaker,” “A Gesture Life,” and “Aloft.” He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. His new novel is “The Surrendered.”

Read an excerpt from “The Surrendered.”

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