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11 popular north korean books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from North Korea. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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A Thousand Miles to Freedom : My Escape from North Korea by Ŭn-ju Kim, Eunsun Kim, Sébastien Falletti EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
A woman who escaped North Korea as a girl with her mother relates the harrowing story of her nine-year journey to freedom.

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Dear Leader : From Trusted Insider to Enemy of the State, My Escape from North Korea by Jang Jin-Sung EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER Dear Leader contains astonishing new insights about North Korea which could only be revealed by someone working high up in the regime. It is also the gripping story of how a member of the inner circle of this enigmatic country became its most courageous, outspoken critic. Jang Jin-sung held one of the most senior ranks in North Korea's propaganda machine, helping tighten the regime's grip over its people. Among his tasks were developing the founding myth of North Korea, posing undercover as a South Korean intellectual and writing epic poems in support of the dict... continue


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Friend : A Novel from North Korea by Paek Nam-nyong EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
Paek Nam-nyong's Friend is a tale of marital intrigue, abuse, and divorce in North Korea. This groundbreaking translation of one of North Korea's most popular writers offers English-language readers a page-turner full of psychological tension as well as a revealing portrait of a society that is typically seen as closed to the outside world.

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In Order To Live : A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park EN

Rating: 5 (12 votes)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
'I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.' Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die - from starvation, or disease, or even execution. This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from Ch... continue

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La acusación by Bandi ES

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
"La acusación", un contundente retrato de la vida cotidiana en Corea del Norte. Arrojan un poco de luz sobre lo terrible y absurdo que es vivir bajo una de las dictaduras más herméticas de todos los tiempos.

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Long Road Home : Testimony of a North Korean Camp Survivor by Yong Kim EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
Kim Yong shares his harrowing account of life in a labor camp—a singularly despairing form of torture carried out by the secret state. Although it is known that gulags exist in North Korea, little information is available about their organization and conduct, for prisoners rarely escape both incarceration and the country alive. Long Road Home shares the remarkable story of one such survivor, a former military official who spent six years in a gulag and experienced firsthand the brutality of an unconscionable regime. As a lieutenant colonel in the North Korean army, Kim Yong enjoyed unprecedent... continue

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The Accusation by Bandi EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
'Dear President Trump ... As you are interested in North Korea, you will surely be interested in this book' Margaret Atwood on The Accusation Smuggled out of North Korea and now an international sensation, The Accusation is the work of an anonymous dissident known to us only by the pseudonym 'Bandi'. Bandi's profound, vividly characterised stories tell of life under the totalitarian regimes of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. The Accusation depicts ordinary men and women facing the horrors of life in a police state: a factory supervisor caught between loyalty to an old friend and loyalty to the re... continue
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The Aquariums of Pyongyang : Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot EN

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Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.

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The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
Description:
An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships and the story of one woman s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realise that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repressio... continue


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