What Book Would You Give North Koreans to Read?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

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Today’s lead story describes literary life in North Korea, where the authoritarian government restricts access to most books to very few elite in Pyongyang. While there are some Western books available, these are few and far between. “At the end of the day,” says Demick, “[North Korean] literature is totally subservient to propaganda, which is there to preserve the myth of North Korea’s greatness.”

What book would you send to North Korea? What book do you think would be most instructive of the ways of the outside world? Or, at the very least, the most eye opening?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter using hashtag #ppdiscuss.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.