Dear Leader: My Escape from North Korea

Jang Jin-Sung (Author)

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$17.00  $15.64
37 Ink
Publish Date
January 27, 2015
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.5 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Jang Jin-sung is a former poet laureate for North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Since leaving the country he has become a bestselling author and widely solicited commentator on North Korea. He has been awarded the Rex Warner Literary Prize and read his poetry at London's Cultural Olympiad in 2012. He now lives in South Korea and is editor in chief of New Focus International, an authoritative website reporting on North Korea.


"Jang Jin-sung demonstrates unique insight into the lifestyle and power structures of North Korea's top elite. The tale, ending with his own dramatic escape, depicts Jang's gradual metamorphosis from total conformist, to serious doubter, to enemy of the state. Dear Leader is a compelling story told with the elegance and poetry of the Orient: a page-turner that will change the way the world sees this enigmatic country."--Susanne Koelbl "Der Spiegel "
"Gripping."--David Pilling "Financial Times "
"A remarkable story of struggle and survival."--Larry Getlen "The New York Post "
"A look inside the mysteries of North Korea by the former poet laureate for the late Kim Jong-il. Likely to fascinate anyone who's read Adam Johnson's Pulitzer-winning novel The Orphan Master's Son."--Jocelyn McClurg "USA Today "
"'Dear Leader is a singular and powerful story, rare not only in its portrait of the inner workings of Pyongyang's elite circles, but rare because a "true writer"--almost unheard of in North Korea--was there to see it and to tell it."--Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son