The Accusation : Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
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. Read more...
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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.
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With these uncompromising stories, the pseudonymous Bandi gives a rare glimpse of life in the truly fathomless darkness of North Korea. A Pyongyang housewife is accused of attempting to communicate with spies for closing her drapes in City of Specters. In So Near, Yet So Far, a man finds his village unreachable when he illegally journeys to see his dying mother. Lacking proper documentation, he is forced into a truck, like a pig being sent to the slaughterhouse. A similar arc is traced throughout Bandis collection, but the most cutting story is Pandemonium. A frustrated Mrs. Oh escapes a provincial train station that has been locked down for 32 hours because Kim Il-Sung is traveling in the area. On the way to a nearby relatives house, she stumbles upon the Great Leader himself, a man whose pale golden clothes seemed to shed a soft veil of mist. Just as he is graciously giving her a ride, her granddaughter suffers a broken leg back at the station when shes buried in a tide of humanity. Whatever little moral ambiguity the situation might offer is eclipsed by the clarity of Bandis anger. The story of the Great Leaders kindness begins ringing out from the loudspeaker of every town in the nation. The only response possible are the granddaughters anguished cries, rising in a full-blown howl. An endnote about how Bandis collection was smuggled out of the country reveals just how miraculous it is that it exists at all. (Mar.)