The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
North Korea is today one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have kept a tight grasp on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent opposition movements and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal concentration camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the first survivor of one of these camps to escape and tell his story to the world, documenting the extreme conditions in these gulags and providing a personal insight into life in North Korea. Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, this record of one man's suffering gives eyewitness proof to an ongoing sorrowful chapter of modern history.
Introduction: North Korea—the World’s Last Stalinist Regime
Chapter 1: A HAPPY CHILDHOOD IN PYONGYANG
Chapter 2: MONEY AND THE REVOLUTION CAN GET ALONG
Chapter 3: NEXT YEAR IN PYONGYANG!
Chapter 4: IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP AT THE AGE OF NINE
Chapter 5: WORK GROUP NUMBER 10
Chapter 6: THE WILD BOAR: A TEACHER ARMED AND READY TO STRIKE
Chapter 7: DEATH OF A BLACK CHAMPION
Chapter 8: CORN, ROACHES, AND SNAKE BRANDY
Chapter 9: DEATH AT YODOK
Chapter 10: THE MUCH-COVETED RABBITS
Chapter 11: MADNESS STALKS THE PRISONERS
Chapter 12: BIWEEKLY CRITICISM AND SELF-CRITICISM
Chapter 13: PUBLIC EXECUTIONS AND POSTMORTEM STONINGS
Chapter 14: LOVE AT YODOK
Chapter 15: SOJOURN IN THE MOUNTAIN
Chapter 16: TEN YEARS IN THE CAMP: THANK YOU, KIM IL-SUNG!
Chapter 17: THE NORTH KOREAN PARADISE
Chapter 18: THE CAMP THREATENS AGAIN
Chapter 19: ESCAPE TO CHINA
Chapter 20: SMALL-TIME PROSTITUTION AND BIG-TIME SMUGGLING IN DALIAN
Chapter 21: ARRIVAL IN SOUTH KOREA
Chapter 22: ADAPTING TO A CAPITALIST WORLD
Epilogue: Pursuing Aid for North Korea
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