The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
"Destined to become a classic" (Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking), this harrowing memoir of life inside North Korea was the first account to emerge from the notoriously secretive country -- and it remains one of the most terrifying.
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 observed frequent public executions and endured forced labor and near-starvation rations for ten years. In 1992, he escaped to South Korea, where he found God and now advocates for human rights in North Korea.
Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this book brings together unassailable firsthand experience, setting one young man's personal suffering in the wider context of modern history, giving eyewitness proof to the abuses perpetrated by the North Korean regime.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - john257hopper - LibraryThing
A moving account of his life by a refugee from North Korea. Imprisoned with his family in a labour camp at the age of 9 due to alleged political "crimes" committed by his grandfather, he spent the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Sullywriter - LibraryThing
I assume this memoir was "co-written" by Pierre Rigoulot with Kang Chol-Hwan because Mr. Chol-Hwan is not proficient in English but the narrative, often overwritten, appears to be more of Rigoulot's ... Read full review
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
Public Executions and Postmortem Stonings
Love at Yodok
Sojourn in the Mountain
Ten Years in the Camp Thank You Kim Ilsung
The North Korean Paradise
The Camp Threatens Again
Escape to China
SmallTime Prostitution and BigTime Smuggling in Dalian
Death at Yodok
The MuchCoveted Rabbits
Madness Stalks the Prisoners
Biweekly Criticism and Selfcriticism
Arrival in South Korea
Adapting to a Capitalist World
Pursuing Aid for North Korea