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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Los acuarios de Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan. Kang Chol Hwan vive con su familia en un barrio acomodado de Pyongyang. Sus abuelos son favorables al rrimen de Kim Il Sung. Un da su abuelo, que incluso ha donado su fortuna al partido, desaparece.
Poco despus, el resto de la familia es detenida y enviada a un campo de concentracin sin ms explicaciones. Comienza un calvario que durar diez aos: Unos aos despus de ser puesto en libertad, y ante la amenaza de ser detenido nuevamente, Kang Chol Hwan huye a China y luego a Corea del Sur.
Su testimonio, el primero que llega al mundo occidental sobre el GULAG norcoreano, denuncia con una voz sencilla y a la vez firme las mentiras y la corrupcin del supuesto paraso montado al norte del paralelo 38 por la dinasta de los Kim.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. View all 7 comments. As a trained Korean cryptolinguist, I was aware of some of the ways in which the evil regime of Kim Jong Il represses its citizens, but this book painted a clear and detailed portrait d a people so crushed beneath the boot heel of their gov’t as to make any lover of liberty pypngyang.
Living acuuarios the freedom of the U. Written from the first-person perspective of a man wh As a trained Korean acuaris, I was aware of some of the ways in which the evil regime of Kim Jong Il represses its citizens, but this book painted a clear and detailed portrait of a people so crushed beneath the boot heel of their gov’t as to make any lover of liberty despair. Written from the first-person perspective of a man whose family started out in what passes for relative comfort and stability, it follows their descent into the bowels of North Korea’s gulags, and then escape and flight into Lox.
There, they faced the constant threat that the Chinese gov’t would find them and send them back to certain execution in North Korea. Eventually making their pyonghang into South Korea, they faced the antipathy of their erstwhile countrymen, brought up on a steady diet of high-quality propoganda sponsored by the North and its agents.
A moving and powerful book, this one belongs on your mind for as long as Kim Jong Il sits in luxury while his people eat grass and dirt just to have something in acuariis bellies. The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Kang lived in a very large, luxurious, multi-room apartment in privileged comfort almost unheard of in communist Northern Korea.
His family enjoyed the rare conveniences of a refrigerator, washing machine, colored television set and even a car. But slowly and methodically his very powerful and rich family had all of their material wealth stripped from them by the communist party of North Korea.
He was never seen or heard from again and to this date nothing is known about his ultimate fate.
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He was accused of treason but it seems that it was his hyperactive, outspoken and activist wife who was the root cause of his arrest and disappearance. North Koreans believe that political deviance is hereditary, so extended families are routinely rounded up and incarcerated in gulags for the political crime of one family member.
Nine-year old Kang, his 7-year-old sister, his grandmother, his father and his uncle were all sent together to Yodok. Because Yodok is a relatively mild camp, most inmates are allowed to live with their families. Kang’s book describes the brutal every day life in the gulag. Prisoners in the gulag are constantly kept on the verge of starvation.
Inmates are so famished they eat whatever rodents, reptiles or insects they manage to catch: They often eat the smaller ones raw, swallowing them whole while they are still alive and kicking.
The prisoners are housed in crowded in primitive dirt huts with walls made of dried mud. Prisoners commonly suffer frostbite, pneumonia, tuberculosis, pellagra, and other diseases, with no available medical treatment. Cruel beatings and other violent punishments are routine and many prisoners become extremely sick, crippled, or permanently disabled while in the gulag. Kang witnessed 15 executions while in the camp. Kang’s family was release from the gulag ten years later, as abruptly and mysteriously as the unexplained arrest itself, ten years earlier.
This is a huge crime in North Korea that can easily a sentence of a lifetime in a gulag. After Kang was warned that the secret police were planning to arrest him, he escaped by crossing the Yalu River into China and then into South Korea. Kang has had no contact with any member of his beloved family that he left behind in North Korea.
If George Orwell’s was real, it would be North Korea. After reading Blaine Harden’s account of Shin Dong-hyuk’s life being born and “raised” in Camp 14 because his parents were sent there as enemies of the stateI turned to the Aquariums of Pyongyang.
Which gives a rather different perspective on these camps. Kang grew up in Pyongyang as a young child, raised in an environment of propaganda, whorshipping Kim Il-sung and King Yong-il. Kang’s grandmother had persuaded the family to move fr If George Orwell’s was real, it would be North Korea. Kang’s grandmother had persuaded the family to move from Japan to North Korea out of zeal for the communist idea. She realized the horrible mistake too late. Kang and his family were suddenly sent to Camp 15, called Yodok, in There, ten years of hard labour followed – five hours sleep at night, not nearly enough or adequate food, thin rags to wear and no shoes in winter weather well below freezing point, and guards who randomly beat them.
Work accidents and malnutrition and punishments killed prisoners, adults and children alike, every day. They ate rats and worms to survive. Kang was only nine years old, his sister Mi-ho just seven, their grandmother an old woman, when they arrived.
Being the relatives of his grandfather, who one day disappeared from work and was sent to a hard labour camp for being an enemy of the state. Astonishingly in this day and age, the Kim dynasty practices kin liability or “guilt-by association”, so the relatives of “traitors” are punished for having the same blood.
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Even more astonishingly, they were regarded pyongyamg “redeemables” and their conditions were actually better than that of “irredemables”, who are sent to even worse camps for life.
They were not told when, or if, they would be released, however. They were finally set free, in a manner of speaking in Kang and his sister had grown up ina concentration camp and survived. The whole family had miraculously survived.
They were still under close surveillance though and Kang’s father and grandmother died within a few years of their release. His family is still in North Korea. Most shockingly of all, after finishing this book, I found out that his sister Mi-ho is believed to be back at Yodok – along with her 11 year old son, Kim Jeong-nam. In May they suddenly disappeared, probably because they had received money from Kang via a broker, who is believed to have denounced them.
This event will be in English and Korean. For those who think evil doesn’t exist or is a word that shouldn’t be said out loud, this memoir is a useful introduction to reality. How else can the North Korean regime be described? How else can a political system that brings out the worst in people be described?
Kang’s writing is direct and rather without sentimentality, which adds to its force. And in the end, there is the realisation that North Korea’s evil political system was created by humans, so it acuwrios the possibility for evil w For those who think evil doesn’t exist or is a word that shouldn’t be said out loud, this memoir is a useful introduction to reality.
And in the end, there is the realisation that North Korea’s evil political system was created by humans, so it represents the possibility for evil which is inherent in everyone. Pongyang one of the most heartbreaking moments in my literary history was when they got of the boat from Japan, having been promised a “socialist paradise” and the people at the docks ask them why they would pyonygang come there.
I held cauarios breath as the net tightened around them. Him and his family’s struggle to survive in Yodok prison camp was incredible. The descriptions of children dying and the torture by the guards was horrid but I found it hard to put the book pos.
His encounters with pretenti Probably one of the most heartbreaking moments in my literary history was when they got of the boat from Japan, having been promised a “socialist paradise” and the people at the docks ask them why they would ever come there.
His encounters with pretentious university students claiming he just didn’t understand communism and that materialism was worse than what he experienced, after he escaped from the regime was parts funny parts enraging.
Very worth the read! Through this author’s bravery we are able to see Kim Jong Il’s perfect communist society for what it is– a people not unlike a pyngyang beaten dog– starved, punished for little or no rule violations, and fearful of its master. This book, brought me up to date pyobgyang the past history and current events of North Korea. These camps are acuaeios camps and reading the insights of this defector into the misery inflicted by the state and its agents against others is horrifying.
Acuario is an important book to read and will leave you feeling that we cannot abide this horror any longer. Easily the most well written and gripping book on Pyongyxng Korea that I have read so far. Aug 04, Judith pyohgyang it it was amazing. Dec 19, Julio Cesar rated it it was amazing. There are many buzzwords and phrases you’ll often hear when the country appears in the news, such as crimes against humanity, discrimination, and unspeakable atrocities.
It is these unspeakable atrocities that need to be shared, the world needs to be up to speed re North Korea. The state of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is largely missing from our knowledge of modern history, and that needs to be changed. Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag, is a vital piece of that history.