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

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

by Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot
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The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot

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 Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history. New edition with a new preface by the author.

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ISBN-13: 9780465004713
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 08/24/2005
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 100,566
File size: 492 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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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The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
True story of this mans life in the Gulag. what brought him to this place and his life of hardship, coldness, lack of food pain,sickness,and his dangerous escape to the south. This book will touch your heart, not knowing their are such places still around. This man tells his story. Thank God he made it out alive and is able to tell the world the life and hardship of living in pure agony. I tip my hat to this gentleman. After reading this book you will be thankful for life and what freedom we do have and enjoy.It is a very good, and informable, heart wenching book. It makes you stop and think about freedom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a teacher, a child of two teachers and a parent, I am deeply puzzled why this is not required reading in high school. It should be right next to Night and The Diary of Anne Frank. If you haven't yet read this gem, get it today!!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
This is an excellent account of the atrocities, and inhumane conditions in North Korea. The reader is left wondering if there is any hope for the people of North Korea and when the regime will fall.
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