Lee, Min Jin. Πατσίνκο. Ίκαρος, 2018. (Μ LEE)

Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko. Apollo, 2017. (Μ LEE)

“A saga about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from their home. Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.”

– from the author’s official website 


About the author

 Pachinko “Min Jin Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Queens, New York with her family in 1976 when she was seven years old. Lee is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and was inducted into the Bronx Science Hall of Fame. At Yale College, she majored in History and was awarded the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York prior to writing full time. From 2007 to 2011, Lee lived in Tokyo where she researched and wrote Pachinko. Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000). Her novel Pachinko (2017) was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. A New York Times Bestseller, Pachinko was also a Top 10 Books of the Year for BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the New York Public Library.”

 - from the author’s official website


More books by Min Jin Lee

Free food for millionaires.Grand Central Publishing, 2007.



Αθανασίου, Έρικα. «Min Jin Lee: Πατσίνκο». Διάστιχο,, 15 Ιουλίου 2019, 3 Σεπ. 2019.

Μαλακατέ, Κατερίνα. «Πατσίνκο». Διαβάζοντας, χ. ε., 1 Φεβ. 2019, 3 Σεπ. 2019.

Μαρίνος, Διονύσης. «Κορεάτες μετανάστες στην Ιαπωνία: η αφανής πλευρά της Ιστορίας».  Book Press, Book Press, 12 Ιαν. 2019, 3 Σεπ. 2019.

Aw, Tash. “Pachinko by Min Jin Lee review – rich story of the immigrant experience.” The Guardian, The Guardian News, 15 Mar. 2017, 5 Sep. 2019

Boyne, John. “Pachinko review: a masterpiece of empathy, integrity and family loyalty.” Τhe Irish Times, The Irish Times, 5 Aug. 2017, 6 Sep. 2019. 

Soble, Jonathan. “A novelist confronts the complex relationship between Japan and Korea.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 6 Nov. 2017, 6 Sep. 2019.

Interesting websites and videos (Min Jin Lee’s official website) (Min Jin Lee’s account on Facebook) (Min Jin Lee interviewed by the director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University) (Min Jin Lee interviewed for the Sampsonia Way) (Min Jin Lee interviewed for the TLS)  (Min Jin Lee’s lecture at Radcliffe Institute) (Min Jin Lee in conversation with Claire Messud at Harvard University) (Min Jin Lee discussing her book at Columbia University) (Min Jin Lee’s lecture at MIT)