The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first... show more
North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history. New edition with a new preface by the author.
Publish date: August 24th 2005
Publisher: Basic Books
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Biography Memoir
Riveting more so because of the light that it sheds on perhaps the most secretive society in the world than its compelling narrative, The Aquariums of Pyongyang presents a view of North Korea's gulag society that is a chilling study of brutality, greed and survivalism on par with some of the greates...
Η ιστορία του συγγραφέα είναι απίστευτη.Όμως τελικά έτσι όπως είναι στημένο το βιβλίο σε μεταφέρει μεν πολύ ικανοποιητικά στο κλίμα της Β. Κορέας κατά την περίοδο της ιστορίας, χωρίς όμως να έχει να προσθέσει τίποτα άλλο από όσα ήδη γνωρίζουμε.Όταν δε, ξεκινάς το βιβλίο με μια εισαγωγή ύμνο στον Bus...
an interesting read, although it isn't absolutely clear that all details are precise and the unstated is sometimes more interesting than the stated.descriptions of atrocities in work camp in North Korea.i am writing this now in korea itself, surrounded by dozens of highly attractive, very young k-po...
We live in a capitalist world. And here if your grandfather supposedly committed a crime and if is proven guilty, he is going to serve time in jail. Think of the shame it would bring to your family and relatives. But on the other hand, imagine you are living in North Korea. Well, you guessed it righ...
Kang Chol-Hwan was one of the first people to escape from North Korea after being incarnated in a North Koren gulag and to tell his story. He was a trailblazer in a sense, and a brave man for taking the lead. The story is pretty harsh, from a reasonably wealthy Japanese/Korean family environment to ...
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