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Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look Inside North Korea

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Publisher Comments:

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 exposé 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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"A North Korean defector finds fleeing the Kim dictatorship as nightmarish as living under it in this harrowing memoir. Jang, now a journalist in South Korea, worked in the North Korean government's United Front Department for espionage and psy-war penning propaganda; he won fame, riches ('individual rations on a weekly basis, instead of household rations'), and a Kafkaesque audience with Kim Jong-Il for a fulsome poem praising the Dear Leader ('Lord of the Gun/ Lord of Justice/ Lord of Peace/ Lord of Unification'). Jang's rare high-level insider's perspective on the North Korean system is especially eye-opening; drawing from secret archives, he relates how devious bureaucrat Kim Jong-il usurped the power of his father Kim Il-sung, but he hits hardest in scenes juxtaposing the frenzied glorification of the Kim cult with the starvation and brutalization he witnessed among ordinary people. Much of the book is a thriller-like narrative of Jang's 2004 escape into the netherworld of illegal North Korean refugees in China, where he drifts, penniless and hunted by the police, through the glittering wealth and hard-edged anomie of modern Chinese cities, dependent on the kindness of random strangers. Jang's almost impossibly dramatic story is one of the best depictions yet of North Korea's nightmare. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Jang Jin-sung is a former poet laureate for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Since leaving the country he has become a bestselling author and widely solicited commentator on North Korea. He has been awarded the Rex Warner Literary Prize and read his poetry at London’s Cultural Olympiad in 2012. He now lives in South Korea and is editor in chief of New Focus International, an authoritative website reporting on North Korea.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476766553
Author:
Jin Sung, Jang
Publisher:
Atria / 37 Ink
Author:
Jin-sung, Jang
Subject:
Political
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Subject:
North Korea; Kim Jong-Un; escape from North Korea; Kim Jong-il; South Korea; spy; poet; Jang; Kim Il-sung; Surpeme Leader, DPRK; Democratic Peoeple s Party South Korea; Jang Song Thaek; Chosun; Pyongyang, Selling My Daughter for 100 Won; Dennis Rodman; Th
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A North Korean defector finds fleeing the Kim dictatorship as nightmarish as living under it in this harrowing memoir. Jang, now a journalist in South Korea, worked in the North Korean government's United Front Department for espionage and psy-war penning propaganda; he won fame, riches ('individual rations on a weekly basis, instead of household rations'), and a Kafkaesque audience with Kim Jong-Il for a fulsome poem praising the Dear Leader ('Lord of the Gun/ Lord of Justice/ Lord of Peace/ Lord of Unification'). Jang's rare high-level insider's perspective on the North Korean system is especially eye-opening; drawing from secret archives, he relates how devious bureaucrat Kim Jong-il usurped the power of his father Kim Il-sung, but he hits hardest in scenes juxtaposing the frenzied glorification of the Kim cult with the starvation and brutalization he witnessed among ordinary people. Much of the book is a thriller-like narrative of Jang's 2004 escape into the netherworld of illegal North Korean refugees in China, where he drifts, penniless and hunted by the police, through the glittering wealth and hard-edged anomie of modern Chinese cities, dependent on the kindness of random strangers. Jang's almost impossibly dramatic story is one of the best depictions yet of North Korea's nightmare. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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