Author: Chon Byungu, Hong Seok-jung, Kang Kwi-mi, Lim Hwa-won
Translated by: Brother Anthony of Taizé, Christopher Merrill, Kim Won-Chung, Yu Young-nan
Publisher: The New Press, 2006.
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From the publisher’s website:
“The governments might be considered quote unquote the enemy, but definitely not the people. These stories and poems offer an alternate view, which is very different from the politicized and polarized view of these nations.” —Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran
Subject of a full-length segment on Morning Edition when it first appeared in hardcover, Literature from the “Axis of Evil” quickly went to the top of the Amazon bestseller list. Its publication was celebrated by authors including Azar Nafisi and Alice Walker, and the Bloomsbury Review named it a “book of the year.”
In thirty–five works of fiction and poetry, writers from countries Americans have not been allowed to hear from—until the Treasury Department revised its regulations recently—offer an invaluable window on daily life in “enemy nations” and humanize the individuals living there. The book includes works from Syria, Lybia, the Sudan, Cuba, as well as from Iran, Iraq, and North Korea. As editor Alane Mason writes in the introduction, “Not knowing what the rest of the world is thinking and writing is both dangerous and boring.”
The collection contains the following items from North Korea:
Kang Kwi-mi: A Tale of Music (short story) (2003) tr Yu Young-nan
Hong Seok-jung: Hwangjini (extract from novel) (2002) tr Br Anthony
Lim Hwa-won: The Fifth Paragraph (short story) (2001) tr Yu Young-nan
Chon Byungu: Falling Persimmons (poem) (1992) tr Kim Won-Chung, Christopher Merrill
Entry on Goodreads.com here.
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