April 09, 2020

“Friend”: Paek Nam Nyong and the long search for a decent North Korean novel
Pyongyang's literary output has long been seen as stilted and doctrinaire. Could a new translation change that?
"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 hinterland of interpretation that the regime might shape, but cannot truly define. They are also one