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The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea

by Bandi

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I consider this an important book. The reader gets a taste of what life is like for the population of North Korea... and it's not great. Here the party rules everything, everyone is suspicious of each other, deportation of citizens from the city to the harsh countryside can happen within the hour, and lies are constantly recycled to prop up the infallibility and wisdom of the great leader. The author gives the impression that much of the general population is aware of the facade but fear for their lives and the lives of their relatives should they speak up. These things alone make the book worth reading and remind us to keep an eye on the activities of our own governments. ( )
  dwhatson | Dec 31, 2018 |
Bailed at page 89. Not that it's bad, but I just couldn't seem to get into it. Moving on to other things. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Dec 12, 2018 |
This is an amazing book - one the author has risked his life to have told. You need to read it.

From the Afterword:
The South Korean publication of this piece of fiction, which sharply criticizes and satirizes the North Korean regime, and which is written by a man who still lives and works under that same system, is a historical first—nothing like it has emerged in the sixty-eight years since the peninsula was divided, Though memoirs and pieces of fiction by North Korean defectors, of a similarly critical tone, have indeed been published now and then, these have all been written after the authors’ escape to the free world. No work denouncing the oppressive, anti-democratic regime of North Korea, by a writer still living in North Korea, has ever been published before.

Written between 1989 and 1995 ( )
  ParadisePorch | Oct 12, 2018 |
This book of short stories is a compilation of work that was smuggled out of North Korea. It is the only one of it's kind, as other novels of life in NK were written by people after they had escaped. The writing is very good, tight and atmospheric. The overwhelming sense is one of fear and mistrust. Similar to life under Stalin/Mao, the regime requires strict adherence to the often glaringly false party declarations put forth by the regime. No variance to doubt is permitted and there is always someone waiting to rat you out to the authorities. One can never confess their true feelings for the regime for fear of being severely punished. People are banished for minor infractions, lives are ruined, families destroyed. Shame on one offender will follow the family line for generations. The worse off are those who fought for North Korea, who were promised a land of "milk and honey" and are feeling betrayed. They know things are not as they should be, not how they could be, and yet they have no recourse.
It is a sad, depressing reality, even the privileged know it can all be gone in a second. While we see only the "Great Leader" and can assume things are horrible for the people of NK, the reality of their lives is much much worse. Still, there is beautiful writing, sympathetic characters and much to learn. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Compelled loyalty is no loyalty at all, and the characters in these seven stories, often crushed by random events or the weather as well as a horrifying system of harming the children and other relatives of those called disloyal to the regime, not only have no loyalty to the Great Leader but do everything they can to survive the hell that is North Korean life with their wits intact. The anonymous writer, named Bandi for "firefly" and possibly discovered and tortured or killed at this time, produced a work of revelation. Life in an autocratic, totalitarian regime is absurd, and Bandi writes about it will deep skill and strength. This book, which may have killed its author, is one that should stand with other literature of realistic absurdity. Beautifully written and carefully translated. ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802126200, Hardcover)

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.

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"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"--… (more)

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