A Paperback edition by Choi In-Ho in English (Oct 3, 2014)
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"Another Man's City "is structured as a virtual-reality narrative manipulated by an entity referred to variously as the Invisible Hand or Big Brother. The scenario is reminiscent... Read more
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Another Man's City - A Novel Paperback edition by Choi In-Ho
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