On Bongsudae and Bilbo Baggins

A few weeks ago, on a typically splendid late-fall weekend here in Busan, I climbed Hwangnyeong Mountain, one of the many small peaks that...

Editor’s Picks: Four Books on North Korea

Book review Pyongyang:  A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves, and Why It...

Suki Kim’s Warped Tour

  Book Review Without You There Is No Us, by Suki Kim Suki Kim’s excellent new memoir Without You, There Is No Us: My Year with the...

Defector Stories

It’s long been clear that these defectors’ tales link up, reference and corroborate each other, creating an undeniable picture of fear, starvation, brutality, and repression. Two such books are The Aquariums of Pyongyang and Nothing to Envy, which remain as arguably the two best defector books that you can read.
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