The harrowing memoir of life inside North Korea.
Amid escalating nuclear tensions, Kim Jong-un and North Korea's other leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party state, 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. Sent to the notorious labor camp Yodok when he was nine years old, Kang for ten years observed frequent public executions and endured forced labor and near-starvation rations. In 1992, he escaped to South Korea, where he found God and now advocates for human rights in North Korea.
This record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to the abuses perpetrated by the North Korean regime.
About the Authors
Kang Chol-Hwan is founder and president of the North Korea Strategy Center.
Pierre Rigoulot is a journalist, historian, and human rights activist living in Paris, France. He is the author of numerous books on the history of political repression and contributed the North Korean chapter to the bestselling The Black Book of Communism.
"A chilling testimony.... Freezes the heart and seizes the soul."--Kirkus Reviews "A triumph against silence."--Financial Times "The Aquariums of Pyongyang is one of the most terrifying memoirs I have ever read. As the first account to emerge from North Korea, it is destined to become a classic."--Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking
|Preface for the Revised Edition||p. vii|
|Introduction: North Korea-the World's Last Stalinist Regime||p. xv|
|A Happy Childhood in Pyongyang||p. 1|
|Money and the Revolution Can Get Along||p. 11|
|Next Year in Pyongyang!||p. 21|
|In a Concentration Camp at the Age of Nine||p. 35|
|Work Group Number 10||p. 47|
|The Wild Boar: A Teacher Armed and Ready to Strike||p. 63|
|Death of a Black Champion||p. 73|
|Corn, Roaches, and Snake Brandy||p. 81|
|Death at Yodok||p. 97|
|The Much-Coveted Rabbits||p. 105|
|Madness Stalks the Prisoners||p. 119|
|Biweekly Criticism and Self-criticism||p. 125|
|Public Executions and Postmortem Stonings||p. 137|
|Love at Yodok||p. 145|
|Sojourn in the Mountain||p. 149|
|Ten Years in the Camp: Thank You, Kim Il-sung!||p. 155|
|The North Korean Paradise||p. 165|
|The Camp Threatens Again||p. 183|
|Escape to China||p. 193|
|Small-Time Prostitution and Big-Time Smuggling in Dalian||p. 209|
|Arrival in South Korea||p. 217|
|Adapting to a Capitalist World||p. 225|
|Epilogue: Pursuing Aid for North Korea||p. 235|
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For Ages: 18 - 99 years old
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1