A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle).

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FINALIST FOR THE 2018 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE* WINNER OF THE MEDICI BOOK CLUB PRIZE

Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

"There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

*Includes reading group guide*
Pačinko je hazardní hra, kterou všichni hrají, ale společnost jí opovrhuje. Pačinko jsou peníze a jakuza.

Sundža je negramotná dívka z malé jihokorejské vesnice, která za celý život pozná hodně dřiny a jen málo vlídnosti a pochopení. Těsně před válkou ji osud zavane do Japonska, kde se kromě bídy musí potýkat i s pohrdáním a diskriminací. Rodina je pro ni vším, požehnáním i prokletím. Svým dětem se ze všech sil snaží zajistit lepší život, ale vzdělání samo o sobě nestačí. Podnikat v pačinku je pro Korejce v Japonsku jediný způsob, jak zbohatnout, ale peníze nejsou zárukou štěstí.

Strhující příběh korejské rodiny se odehrává na pozadí dramatických událostí, které ve dvacátém století změnily tvář Koreje i Japonska.

Kniha, na které se stanete závislí stejně jako na pačinku.

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Min Jin Lee se narodila v jihokorejském Soulu. O sedm let později se s rodinou přestěhovala do Spojených států, kde o té doby trvale žije. Navštěvovala právnickou fakultu na Georgetown University a na Yale College se specializovala na dějiny. Získala Henry Wright Prize za literaturu, Pedenovu cenu za nejlepší povídku, Narrative Prize pro nové a začínající autory a James Ashmun Veech Prize za fikci. Námět pro román Pačinko načerpala během pobytu v japonském Tokiu mezi lety 2007–2011.

Min Jin Lee je kromě Pačinka také autorkou bestselleru Free Food for Millionaires a mezi jinými píše do The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal a Food and Wine.

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle).

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FINALIST FOR THE 2018 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE* WINNER OF THE MEDICI BOOK CLUB PRIZE

Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

"There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

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