Now in a second printing by Grove Press in the States, ‘The Accusation: Forbidden Stories From Inside North Korea’ finds a growing audience of concern.
Questioned whether North Korea could join the International Publishers Association, IPA President Richard Charkin grinned and gave a simple answer.
Korean author Yi Mun-yol and writer Marina Warner discuss the use of allegory and the state of North Korean literary production at the London Book Fair.
Korea is Market Focus at the London Book Fair, and author Kyung-sook Shin reflects on the implications of the unified moniker and a rare visit to North Korea.
Science fiction has a long tradition in North Korea and SF authors enjoy greater freedom to explore edgy subjects than their counterparts.
Books with first hand accounts of life in North Korea are rare, so John Sweeney’s Zombie Nation and Jang Jin-Sung’s Crossing the Border are generating unique buzz at the London Book Fair.
Around the world, numerous regimes oppress writers through economic deprivation, censorship, or criminalizing literary activities. Which is worst and why?
By Edward Nawotka Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea won the £20,000 pound ($30,000) Samuel Johnson yesterday. We thought Demick’s look into the lives of everyday North Koreans was unique and brave. You can read our coverage of the book, “Frogs In a Well: The Literary Life of North Koreans” which also covers The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers. …
By Edward Nawotka There’s a famous photograph — reproduced here — of the Korean peninsula at night as seen from space. The lower half, which is lit up light a light bulb, is South Korea; on top, in the dark, is North Korea. Despite the near constant power outages, that hasn’t stopped the North Korean government from jointing the digital …
By Edward Nawotka 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 …
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