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

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Basic Books, Aug 24, 2005 - History - 272 pages
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Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.
  

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I find stories about North Korea fascinating and I feel bad only giving this 2 stars considering the overall subject matter. However, I found myself wanting to skim through quite a few parts of this ... Read full review

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I recommend everyone to read this book. Whatever that we know or imagine about the Hermit Kingdom - from the news and documentaries with their limited access - this is truly a rare opportunity to be ... Read full review

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Contents

A Happy Childhood in Pyongyang
1
Money and the Revolution Can Get Along
11
Next Year in Pyongyang
21
In a Concentration Camp at the Age of Nine
35
Work Group Number 10
47
The Wild Boar A Teacher Armed and Ready to Strike
63
Death of a Black Champion
73
Corn Roaches and Snake Brandy
81
Public Executions and Postmortem Stonings
137
Love at Yodok
145
Sojourn in the Mountain
149
Ten Years in the Camp Thank You Kim Ilsung
155
The North Korean Paradise
165
The Camp Threatens Again
183
Escape to China
193
SmallTime Prostitution and BigTime Smuggling in Dalian
209

Death at Yodok
97
The MuchCoveted Rabbits
105
Madness Stalks the Prisoners
119
Biweekly Criticism and Selfcriticism
125
Arrival in South Korea
217
Adapting to a Capitalist World
225
Pursuing Aid for North Korea
235
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About the author (2005)

Kang Chol-hwan lives and works in Seoul, where he is a staff writer for Chosun Ilbo, a daily newspaper in South Korea. 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 best-selling The Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press).

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