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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.
"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 "A triumph against silence."--Financial Times "A chilling testimony.... Freezes the heart and seizes the soul."--Kirkus Reviews
Preface for the Revised Edition
Introduction: North Korea-the World's Last Stalinist Regime
A Happy Childhood in Pyongyang
Money and the Revolution Can Get Along
Next Year in Pyongyang!
In a Concentration Camp at the Age of Nine
Work Group Number 10
The Wild Boar: A Teacher Armed and Ready to Strike
Death of a Black Champion
Corn, Roaches, and Snake Brandy
Death at Yodok
The Much-Coveted Rabbits
Madness Stalks the Prisoners
Biweekly Criticism and Self-criticism
Public Executions and Postmortem Stonings
Love at Yodok
Sojourn in the Mountain
Ten Years in the Camp: Thank You, Kim Il-sung!
The North Korean Paradise
The Camp Threatens Again
Escape to China
Small-Time Prostitution and Big-Time Smuggling in Dalian
Arrival in South Korea
Adapting to a Capitalist World
Epilogue: Pursuing Aid for North Korea
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ISBN: 9780465011049 ISBN-10: 0465011047 Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 272 Published: 23rd August 2005 Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1