This Is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood (Paperback)
"This is Paradise " is a shocking and moving portrayal of scenes of every day life in North Korea, a secretive and brutal nation. Hyok Kang writes of the public executions, the labor camps and mines, the punishment for "anti-social behavior," the secret watching of Beijing television, and the spies everywhere who help enforce the regime. When the famine comes, so does death by starvation of friends and close ones, cannibalism, and political purge. All this is normal for Hyok Kang. After all, the propaganda North Koreans are fed by their government insists that compared to the rest of the world, this is paradise Woven into this portrayal is the individual story of a young boy and his migration to China as an asylum seeker. This is his story of suffering and survival, and is a rare glimpse of a nation closed to the outside world.
About the Author
Walter Kempowski (1929-2007) was one of Germany's most important postwar writers. The author of a series of acclaimed novels, in the 1980s he began work on an immense nonfiction project, Echo Soundings, gathering together eyewitness accounts, diaries, letters, and memoirs of World War II, which he edited into ten volumes published over twenty years and which is considered a modern classic in Germany. Swansong 1945 is the final volume of that work, and is translated into English here for the first time.