Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

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North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, 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. Part horror story, part historical ...

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Overview

North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, 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. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780465011025
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1902
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 1.95 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    I loved this book

    I'm actually reading this book right now. So far I love it. I don't think people realize that things like this are still going on in other countries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    One of the Best Introductions to the reality that is North Korea

    Regardless of your political background, you must read this true tale of horrow. This book was published years before anyone had a true sense of how the North Korean regime was mistreating its own people. Mistreating is a euphemism for torture, starvation and genocide. When North Korea finally does open up, this book will be hailed as one of the only warning we had about this modern day genocide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2005

    Pyongyang Review

    I have always been interested in the hidden life of North Korea. Heard many rumors, but this book explains and reveals the truth of what life was really like for the people there. Very sad, but very compelling. Good book.

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