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Dear Leader : poet, spy, escapee-- : a look inside North Korea

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First 37 Ink/Atria Books hardcover edition.

"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 expose; 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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Dansville Public Library 951.9305 JIN (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781476766553 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 147676655X (hardback)
  • Physical Description: xxii, 339 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First 37 Ink/Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2014.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part one: Dictator -- Part two: Fugitive -- Part three: Freedom.
Summary, etc.:
"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 expose; 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Jang, Jin-sung.
Kim, Ch┼Ćng-il, 1942-2011.
Propaganda > Korea (North)
Political refugees > Korea (North) > Biography.
Poets > Korea (North) > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Korea (North) > Politics and government > 1994-2011.
Korea (North) > Biography.
Genre: NonFiction
Political


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