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    • Japanese

    ‘Friend: A Novel from North Korea’: A fascinating glimpse into hidden lives

    Japan
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    September 5, 2020
    When a writer from North Korea finds an English-language publisher, it is usually dissident literature, telling of tortuous escapes from an oppressive regime and its abuses of human rights. Adding a different perspective to the hermit kingdom is the recently published “Friend,” a state-approved...
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    • English

    A marriage story, set in North Korea

    Mexico
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    June 18, 2020
    In 1988, a former lathe operator named Paek Nam-nyong wrote a novel about a middle-aged judge investigating the story behind a couple’s anguished appeal for a divorce.
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    • Spanish

    Corea del Norte: el best-seller que arroja luz sobre la hermética sociedad del país asiático

    U.K.
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    June 11, 2020
    Cuando Chae Sun-hee entra en el despacho de Jeong Jin-wu tiene 33 años y una exitosa carrera como cantante en una de las provincias septentrionales de Corea del Norte. Pero le confiesa a Jeong, anciano y experimentado juez de la ciudad, que ha estado viviendo una vida sin amor.
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    • English

    Friend by Paek Nam-nyong review – a bestseller from North Korea

    U.K.
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    May 6, 2020
    Exploring love, marriage and divorce, and later adapted for TV, Friend became a bestseller when it was published in 1988 in North Korea. It is now the first state-sanctioned novel available to English readers. Novels are wildly popular in North Korea, but the translations that reach us tend to be...
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    In Search of the Chosŏn People of Lost Korea

    U.S.A.
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    May 29, 2020
    I can still recall the early morning cab ride I took many years ago in Daegu, South Korea. I was in a hurry, as usual; too much soju and kimchi the night before. On my way to the hagwan for the morning portion of my day-night split shift to teach EFL to busy university-aged students cramming in...
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    • E-Book

    Friend : A Novel from North KoreaPaek Nam-nyong

    Paek Nam-nyong's Friend is a tale of marital intrigue, abuse, and divorce in North Korea. A woman in her thirties comes to a courthouse petitioning for a divorce. As the judge who hears her statement begins to investigate the case, the story unfolds into a broader consideration of love and marriage...
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    • Vietnamese

    Tiểu thuyết bán chạy ở Triều Tiên được dịch sang tiếng Anh

    Vietnam
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    May 9, 2020
    Triều Tiên vẫn luôn thu hút thế giới và không ít người tò mò về các tác phẩm văn học của Bình Nhưỡng. Tiểu thuyết Người bạn của nhà văn Paek Nam Nyong có lời giới thiệu đầy hấp dẫn về cuộc sống hằng ngày của người Triều Tiên, không hề có tên lửa và diễu hành quân sự nào.
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    • Italian

    Com’è un romanzo scritto a Pyongyang

    Italy
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    May 21, 2020
    Friend (titolo originale 벗) è il primo romanzo scritto in Corea del Nord approvato dal regime a essere pubblicato da una casa editrice statunitense. È uscito a maggio per la Columbia University Press, nella traduzione di Immanuel Kim, professore di Letteratura coreana alla George Washington...
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    “Friend”: Paek Nam Nyong and the long search for a decent North Korean novel

    U.K.
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    March 25, 2020
    “Friend” by Paek Nam Nyong and translated by Immanuel Kim is out in May. You can pre-order it here. A good book is a precious thing in North Korea. In a society where propaganda is omnipresent in every other form of media, books offer their readers a form of escape between the lines, an oblique...

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