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The aquariums of Pyongyang : ten years in the North Korean gulag

Author: Chʻŏr-hwan Kang; Pierre Rigoulot
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2005, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After the division of North and South Korea, Kang's family returned to North Korea from Japan, where his grandparents had emigrated in the 1930s. His grandfather had amassed a fortune and his grandmother became a committed Communist. They were fired with idealism and committed to building a new Korea, only to be removed without trial to a remote concentration camp, apparently because the grandfather was suspected of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Chʻŏr-hwan Kang; Chʻŏr-hwan Kang
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chʻŏr-hwan Kang; Pierre Rigoulot
ISBN: 0465011047 9780465011049
OCLC Number: 86076920
Notes: "Paperback reissued in 2005 by Basic Books."--Title page verso.
Description: xxiv, 238 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 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.
Other Titles: Aquariums de Pyongyang.
Responsibility: Kang Chol-hwan and Pierre Rigoulot ; translated by Yair Reiner.

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Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.  Read more...

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"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 Read more...

 
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