June 03, 2023

Book review: A look at North Korea from outside the Anglosphere

“Something About North Korea” promises firsthand account of French authors’ studies in DPRK but loses the thread

North Korea watchers in the Anglosphere often rely on English-language translations, including materials from Pyongyang and Seoul. A relative few who write on Pyongyang matters can also draw directly on Korean texts from one side or the other of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

But many who write insightfully on Korean issues live outside the lands of English-speaking peoples. These include not only countless articles and books by authors from the neighboring countries of China, Japan and Russia but also publications by writers from continental Europe and elsewhere.