At the moment I plow through books on North Korea. We didn’t get much (any?) education about North-South Korean history. Instead our teacher prioritized history about Scandinavia and how Europe colonized different parts of the world.
Suggestions is welcome. So far I’ve read the following.
- A Thousand Miles to Freedom by Kim Eun Sun
- All Monsters Must Die by Magnus Bärtås & Fredrik Ekman A story about a group of people traveling to North Korea in 2008.
- Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden The first book I read. Tells the story of Shin Dong Hyuk, born in labor camp 14. After reading the book you may want to read this about the reliability of Shin’s story.
- Dear Leader by Jang Jin Sung The opposite to Escape from Camp 14.
- In Order to Live by Park Yeonmi
- Mr. Han’s Chronicle by Hwang Sok Yong
- Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick Really good book about how regular people live in Chongjin, North Korea’s third largest city.
- The Embassy in Paradise by Lovisa Lamm A book about how Sweden was quick to open an embassy in Pyongyang, and the consequences of it.
Plan to read
I’m waiting for the books to become available in Swedish as talking books. (Not audio books, the difference is that audio books are more professionally read.) As a person with reduced eyesight I can get books for free from Legimus. This is something I did apply for through my local library.
- The Girl with Seven Names by Lee Hyeonseo
- The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden