Jang Jin-sung: Dear Leader Poet Spy Escapee A Look Inside North Korea



Igions or tyrannical states This is an amazing book providing very intriguing insights into the life of the most bizarre and secretive regime in the world North Korea This regime being the only remaining time warped expression of a Stalinist state in its purest and most paradoxically form has always held a reat fascination for me I never visited Real Socialism countries so I missed the historical boat now that none such states are left apart from North Korea I was very attracted to the idea of visiting North Korea against my wife s opinion but I must admit that after reading this book I have seriously reconsidered it The author of this book is one of the many defectors who escaped from this uniue country in the last several years with the difference that he being a very high ranked official of the regime did have access to the inner workings and secrets of this regime The picture depicted by the author is of a bizarre common sense defying regime presenting a mixture of Stalinist feudal Orwellian ultra national militaristic traits where everything is devoted to the personality cult of the Dear Leader a cult resembling in some parts to that of some extreme religious sects To be completely balanced it is difficult to critiue the legitimacy of some of the claims by the author who after all had a personal vested interest in presenting this regime in its worst possible light however while there may well possibly be some exaggeration many of his claims have been independently confirmed and are also eually detailed by other defectors And if 50% of the facts narrated in this book are true then the North Korean regime appears pretty terrifying to me But the reasons why I so enjoyed this book are not just related to the morbid fascination I have for this regime the book is very well written a real page turner And I loved how the author has intertwined the description of the North Korean regime with his personal feelings experience and amazing travel to escape his country There are several moving moments and there is a sense of humanity and truthfulness that make this book a very enjoyable experience Highly recommended. Friend oes missing Jang Jin sung must flee for his lifeNever before has a member of the elite described the inner workings of this totalitarian state and its propaganda machine An astonishing expose told through the heart stopping story of Jang Jin sung's escape to South Korea Dear Leader is a rare and unprecedented insight into the world's most secretive and repressive regi.

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Iends and family members who remain back in North Korea who would be subject to terrible reprisals if his real identity were known But surely the North Koreans must know who he is after all how many defecting poet laureates could there be In fact he recounts that he is threatened regularly with assassination by the North Koreans so his family must in fact be very well known to the North Korean security forces Then there is the curious fact mentioned almost in passing that one of his relatives is the representative to the Middle East for North Korean arms dealing who annually ave a 10 million dollar Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, gift to Kim Jong il and showers his family members back in the North with Mercedes Benz automobiles Did this strike anyone other than me as bizarre Finally there is the statement by the translator regretting that the whole story with all its details could not be told and that the truth would emerge over time I am paraphrasing So my basic uestion is what was omitted what was made up and what was really trueMake no mistake I understand the author s need for discretion and I am not being critical I read this book almost straight through it was that compelling especially the details about working for the UFD life in North Korea and in particular his meetings with Kim Jung il I am rating this four stars and I recommend that anyone with an interest in North Koreaive it a look This book completely blew my mind Despite having to struggle with the names and acronyms I couldn t put it down This political autobiography of a poet brainwashed to use language only to serve the dictatorship is way a long way from my usual literary tree but this demands suspension of disbelief just as any fairy story might do It opens the closed and cruel institution of dictatorship leaving the uestion of whether humanity will ever Always You get past crowd behaviours and primal fears which render us vulnerable again and again and again to madmen Think Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro or The Handmaid s Tale Brave New World or 1984 but for real I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to pry into the topic of powerful closed institutions like prisons rel. Korea's State Poet Laureate Jang Jin sung led a charmed life With food provisions even as the country suffered through itsreat famine a travel pass access to strictly censored information and audiences with Kim Jong il himself his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure But this privileged existence was about to be shattered When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to

Only few books can make me stay awake for than 24 hours when in the next morning I have to wake up early for university and Dear Leader is one of them I couldn t put it down no matter what and it even made me cry at five in the morning I already had some information about what Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, goes on in North Korea of oppression but this bookave me lot of new information that at several times left me with a dropped jaw and anger Although I am not that much happy where I live and war or bombings happen from years to years I really feel so lucky and privileged that I was born here and not in North Korea The worth thing ever is living a life with no freedom I hope with all of my heart that one day the people of North Korea will know freedom The next day after I finished reading this book Kim Jong Nam was assassinated in Malaysia An event which tally with the account inside the book on how the worker party purge its own people for their struggle for powerThe book was written very much like a novel One of my friend drop off halfway reading it saying that it must not be true I can t find a proof that the account was fake so as for me it should be true unless proven otherwiseJang story wake something inside me that is above all we are just human Many people along his journey for freedom have help him feed him provide shelter as they see him as a fellow human being in need of help The pain and suffering from a brutal ideology with political power reminds me of the writing of Anne FrankThey all remind us that above all we are all the same A fellow human being I am not sure what to make of this book It reads like an over the top adventure yarn and I have no doubt that escaping North Korea is a harrowing ordeal or that the author experienced something very much like what is described Nor do I doubt that the author really was a member of Kim Jong il s inner circle who worked for the UFD as a poet and author But outside those broad outlines I am not sure how much of the book to believeFor starters Jang Jin sung is not the author s real name it is his pen name as he states toward the end I understand that this is in part to protect fr. In this rare insider's view into contemporary North Korea a high ranking counterintelligence agent describes his life as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong il and his breathtaking escape to freedom The General will now enter the room Everyone turns to stone Not moving my head I direct my eyes to a point halfway up the archway where Kim Jong il's face will soon appearAs North.

Jang Jin sung Chosŏn'gŭl 장진성 is the pseudonym of a North Korean poet and government official who defected to South Korea He had worked as a psychological warfare officer within the United Front Department of the Korean Workers' Party Jang specifically worked within the United Front Department Section 5 Literature Division 19 Poetry of Office 101 Office 101 created propaganda intended to