The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea

The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541451179
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bandi, which means "firefly" in Korean, is a pseudonym for a writer who is still living in his homeland of North Korea, and who wrote these stories in secret. The Accusation is his only published book to date.

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, David Shih narrated the History Channel documentary China's First Emperor and the Discovery Networks series Royal Inquest. His many television and film credits include roles in The Path, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, All My Children, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Saving Face.

Read an Excerpt

It was getting on for evening the previous Saturday when it first happened. A citizens' rally was taking place in Kim Il-Sung Square, with the aim of encouraging people to be ever more energetic in preparing for the celebrations. Everyone was pushed for time, so the rally had been organised at an hour when most workers would be heading home for the day. Myeong-shik had had a cold, and Gyeong-hee, reluctant to leave him in that state, couldn't very well absent herself from the rally, so in the end she'd strapped him to her back and gone into the square. Myeong-shik was prone to colds, seemingly a product of his weak constitution, but this was something different — his tiny body burning hot against her back told Gyeong-hee that this fever wasn't to be dismissed as a mere sniffle. Her group was at the head of the square's far-left column, directly beneath the glowering gaze of Karl Marx. In the haze of dusk, before the square's electric lighting was switched on, that reddish-black face with its great swathe of hair would have sent shivers down the spine of even the most stolid Party cadre. Perhaps it was that which accounted for Gyeong-hee's unwonted recollection of a line from the first passage of The Communist Manifesto, which she'd read at some point during college.



"A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of Communism."



Had Marx inadvertently been writing his autobiography" The phrase was a mysteriously fitting description of how his portrait appeared just then: closer in form to some spectral presence than an actual human being, plucked from some ghastly legend.

Table of Contents

In Place of a Preface vii

Record of a Defection 1

City of Specters 35

Life of a Swift Steed 61

So Near, Yet So Far 89

Pandemonium 121

On Stage 151

The Red Mushroom 181

Afterword: How The Accusation Came Out of North Korea 229

A Note From Do Hee-yun 243

In Place of Acknowledgments 247

Publisher's Note 248

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