Why North Korea is unlikely ever to produce a Solzhenitsyn

Christian Oliver reviews “Long Road Home: Testimony of a North Korean Camp Survivor” in the weekend FT #

Kim Yong escaped North Korea’s gulag in 1999, and his story is told by Kim Suk-yong

Kim [Yong] is shocked when he meets Soviets who can openly guffaw about Yuri Andropov. North Korea also lacks Russia’s profound literary heritage. Solzhenitsyn had Tolstoy to draw on; Kim Yong had Kim Il-sung.

Long Road Home

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