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Dear Leader : poet, spy, escapee? : a look inside North Korea

Author: Jinsung Jang
Publisher: New York : Atria/37 Ink, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom. "The General will now enter the room." Everyone turns to stone. Not moving my head, I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong-il's face will soon appear ... As North Korea's State Poet Laureate,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jin-sung Jang; Chŏng-il Kim; Chin-sŏng Chang; Chŏng-il Kim
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jinsung Jang
ISBN: 9781476766553 147676655X
OCLC Number: 880129331
Description: pages cm
Responsibility: Jang Jin-sung ; translated by Shirley Lee.

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"In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking escape to freedom. "The General will now enter the room." Everyone turns to stone. Not moving my head, I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong-il's face will soon appear ... As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life. Never before has a member of the elite described the inner workings of this totalitarian state and its propaganda machine. An astonishing expose; told through the heart-stopping story of Jang Jin-sung's escape to South Korea, Dear Leader is a rare and unprecedented insight into the world's most secretive and repressive regime"-

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