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SEX AND TEENS How about support for the abstaining majority?

VISUAL ARTS Layers of meaning in Botticelli's La Primavera and The Birth of Venus

MUSIC Is it good?: Or, do we just like the sound it makes?

CINEMA The Death of Stalin: Black comedy of a dark time

BOOK REVIEW Cool head on topic that generates heat

BOOK REVIEW Life's not so bad: from the outside

POETRY

LETTERS

OPINION What a republic would really mean for Australia

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ASK A NORTH KOREAN:
Defectors Talk about Their Lives Inside the WorldÂ’s Most Secretive Nation

Daniel Tudor

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About the book

The weekly column “Ask a North Korean” published by NK News invites readers from around the globe to pose questions to North Korean defectors. By way of these provocative interviews, the North Koreans themselves provide authentic, first-person testimonies about what is really happening inside the “Hermit Kingdom”.

The North Korean contributors to this book include:

  • “Seong” who came to South Korea after dropping out during his final year of university. He is now training to be an elementary school teacher.
  • “Kang” who left North Korea in 2005. He now lives in London.
  • “Cheol” who was from South Hamgyeong in North Korea and is now a second year university student in Seoul.
  • “Park” who worked and studied in Pyongyang before defecting to the U.S. in 2011. He is now studying at a U.S. College.

Adapted from the long-running Ask a North Korean column, this book sheds an important light on all aspects of North Korean politics and society, and shows that even in the world’s most authoritarian regime, life goes on in ways that are very different from what you may think.

About the author

Daniel Tudor has lived in Seoul for many years and served as Korea Correspondent for The Economist from 2010–2013. His first book Korea: The Impossible Country received strong praise and has been translated into many languages. His subsequent book, North Korea Confidential (with James Pearson), was selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2015.

Andrei Lankov is a Director at NK News and writes exclusively for the site as one of the world's leading authorities on North Korea. A graduate of Leningrad State University, he attended Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung University from 1984–85. In addition to his writing, he is also a Professor at Kookmin University.


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