Books set in North Korea (6)

Dear Leader

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
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
Recommended: 03 Jun 2023


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

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
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.
Recommended: 11 Aug 2023

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
A girl travels to the Spirit World to break a curse that threatens the lives of her people in this feminist YA retelling of the popular Korean legend "The Tale of Shim Cheong."

The Girl in the Red Shoes

The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee EN

Rating: 4     23 Votes
Country: Asia / North Korea flag North Korea
An extraordinary insight into the life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to escape.
Recommended: 29 Nov 2022

Your Republic Is Calling You

Your Republic Is Calling You by Kim Young-ha EN

Rating: 3.5     12 Votes
Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
A foreign film importer, Gi-yeong is a family man with a wife and daughter. An aficionado of Heineken, soccer, and sushi, he is also a North Korean spy who has been living among his enemies for twenty-one years. Suddenly he receives a mysterious email, a directive seemingly from the home office. He has one day to return to headquarters. He hasn’t heard from anyone in over ten years. Why is he being called back now? Is this message really from Pyongyang? Is he returning to receive new orders or to be executed for a lack of diligence? Has someone in the South discovered his secret identity? Is t... continue

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