The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea (Hardcover)

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By Bandi, Deborah Smith (Translator)
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Bookseller: Ellyne
Title: The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea

With North Korea in the news, you may be wondering what life is really like over there. These stories by Bandi - nom de plume for a writer who still lives in N. Korea - will give you a clear view, taking you into a nation where the absolutely absurd is the norm.
How the manuscript for this book made it out of N. Korea is a story just as wild as the stories Bandi wrote, and can be found at the end of the book.

— From Ellyne


The Accusation is a deeply moving and eye-opening work of fiction that paints a powerful portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to people living under this most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships. The characters of these compelling stories come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from a young mother living among the elite in Pyongyang whose son misbehaves during a political rally, to a former Communist war hero who is deeply disillusioned with the intrusion of the Party into everything he holds dear, to a husband and father who is denied a travel permit and sneaks onto a train in order to visit his critically ill mother. Written with deep emotion and writing talent, The Accusation is a vivid depiction of life in a closed-off one-party state, and also a hopeful testament to the humanity and rich internal life that persists even in such inhumane conditions.

About the Author

Bandi, a name derived from the Korean for "firefly," is a pseudonym for a writer who is still living in his homeland of North Korea. The Accusation is his only published book to date. Deborah Smith is the Man Booker International Prize-winning translator of The Vegetarian by Han Kang and other books.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802126207
ISBN-10: 0802126200
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English