Read the World: North Korea

Books by authors from North Korea or set in/about North Korea.

Updated February 1, 2024
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The orphan master's son : a novel
Johnson, Adam
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times betselling novel of North Korea: an epic journey into the heart of the world's most mysterious dictatorship. "Imagine Charles Dickens paying a visit to Pyongyang, and you see the canvas on which [Adam] Johnson is painting...
The aquariums of Pyongyang : ten years in a North Korean gulag
Kang, Ch'ŏr-hwan
North Korea today is one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Until recently, no one ever managed to leave the country. No organized, active opposition movement exists, either at home or abroad. Western historians and researchers have had little access to information about North Korea...
Under the loving care of the fatherly leader : North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Martin, Bradley K.
In-depth portraits of North Korea's ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders Kim II-Sung and Kim Jong-II. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, Bradley Martin takes readers inside a society that, to a Westerner, appears to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food...
North Korea confidential : private markets, fashion trends, prison camps, dissenters and defectors
Tudor, Daniel
**Named one of the best books of 2015 by The Economist** Private Markets, Fashion Trends, Prison Camps, Dissenters and Defectors. North Korea is one of the most troubled societies on earth. The country's 24 million people live under a violent dictatorship led...

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