For 70 years, the people of North Korea have lived through a totalitarian nightmare – and those of us in the outside world have had little access to their experience. How have generations of oppression and terror affected the psychology of everyday people? How do they feel about their situation? What are their hopes? What are their dreams? How do they think, and how do they live? Like so much else about North Korea, these questions were shrouded in darkness…until now. Terry Hong, reader extraordinaire and the curator of the website Bookdragon, joins us to talk about an astonishing new development: the publication of short stories by North Korea’s first dissident writer.
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The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea, by “Bandi” (preorder only until March 7, 2017)
Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea, by Jang Jin-sung
Recommended Books about North Korea:
Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
How I Became a North Korean by Krys Lee
A Kim Jong-il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
The Boy Who Escaped Paradise by J.M. Lee
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