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The Aquariums of Pyongyang : Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag - Pierre Rigoulot

The Aquariums of Pyongyang

Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

Paperback Published: 23rd August 2005
ISBN: 9780465011049
Number Of Pages: 272
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 Editionp. vii
Introduction: North Korea-the World's Last Stalinist Regimep. xv
A Happy Childhood in Pyongyangp. 1
Money and the Revolution Can Get Alongp. 11
Next Year in Pyongyang!p. 21
In a Concentration Camp at the Age of Ninep. 35
Work Group Number 10p. 47
The Wild Boar: A Teacher Armed and Ready to Strikep. 63
Death of a Black Championp. 73
Corn, Roaches, and Snake Brandyp. 81
Death at Yodokp. 97
The Much-Coveted Rabbitsp. 105
Madness Stalks the Prisonersp. 119
Biweekly Criticism and Self-criticismp. 125
Public Executions and Postmortem Stoningsp. 137
Love at Yodokp. 145
Sojourn in the Mountainp. 149
Ten Years in the Camp: Thank You, Kim Il-sung!p. 155
The North Korean Paradisep. 165
The Camp Threatens Againp. 183
Escape to Chinap. 193
Small-Time Prostitution and Big-Time Smuggling in Dalianp. 209
Arrival in South Koreap. 217
Adapting to a Capitalist Worldp. 225
Epilogue: Pursuing Aid for North Koreap. 235
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ISBN: 9780465011049
ISBN-10: 0465011047
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 23rd August 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1