Hardly any authoritative books exist about North Korea, which have been written by outsiders who have actually lived inside the country. This one sheds revealing new light on this fascinating, extraordinary nation, which is so much in the news.
Suki Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and has travelled in North Korea as a journalist since 2002. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Harper?s and the New York Review of Books. She is the author of the award-winning novel, The Interpreter, and the recipient of Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships.
Strangely terrifying...A beautifully written book that greatly
expands the limited bounds of what we know about North Korea's
ruling class -- Barbara Demick, author of Nothing To Envy
This superb work of investigative journalism is distinguished by its grave beauty and aching tenderness. -- Kiran Desai, author of The Inheritance of Loss
A rare and revealing insight into the world of this closed nation's "priviligentsia", a sector of society about which very little information is available. * The Times Online *
(Suki Kim) lived under constant surveillance, fearful that she might slip up. * Daily Mail *
A glimpse into the North Korean mind. * Francis Wheen, Mail on Sunday *