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Dear Leader contains astonishing new insights about North Korea which could only be revealed by someone working high up in the regime. It is also the gripping story of how a member of the inner circle of this enigmatic country became its most courageous, outspoken critic.Jang Jin-sung held one of the most senior ranks in North Korea's propaganda machine, helping tighten thDear Leader contains astonishing new insights about North Korea which could only be revealed by someone working high up in the regime. It is also the gripping story of how a member of the inner circle of this enigmatic country became its most courageous, outspoken critic.Jang Jin-sung held one of the most senior ranks in North Korea's propaganda machine, helping tighten the regime's grip over its people. Among his tasks were developing the founding myth of North Korea, posing undercover as a South Korean intellectual and writing epic poems in support of the dictator, Kim Jong-il.Young and ambitious, his patriotic work secured him a bizarre audience with Kim Jong-il himself, thus granting him special status as one of the 'Admitted'. This meant special food provisions, a travel pass and immunity from prosecution and harm. He was privy to state secrets, including military and diplomatic policies, how the devastating 'Scrutiny' was effected, and the real position of one of the country's most powerful, elusive men, Im Tong-ok. Because he was praised by the Dear Leader himself, he had every reason to feel satisfied with his lot and safe.Yet he could not ignore his conscience, or the disparity between his life and that of those he saw starving on the street. After breaking security rules, Jang Jin-sung, together with a close friend, was forced to flee for his life: away from lies and deceit, towards truth and freedom....

Title : Dear Leader
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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  • Araz Goran
    2018-12-09 02:34

    عندما تقرأ هذا الكتاب ستدرك كم هي غالية تلك الجوهرة التي تسمى (حرية) ستعرف حتماً أن أغلى ما يملكه الإنسان هو حريته.." الحرية أغلى من الأوطان "بكل تأكيد.. ما فائدة الوطن إذا كانت الأغلال قد جمدت عروقك ومزقت حريتك وكتمت كلمتك وجعلت لك الحياة قفصاً لا تأمل بالخروج منه حتى في أحلامك..إنها كوريا الشمالية يا سادة.. تلك معصرة الحرية كما يسمونها حيث يُعبد فيه القائد ويمجد كإله وحياتك ومماتك منوطة بقراراته ونزواته وجنونه..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~قصة مؤلمة، عذاب حقيقي يختبأ وراء هذا الكتاب حيث لا يمكن أن تميز بين الحقيقة والخيال من فرط الذهول، ما تقرأه ليس بتقليدي ولا ينتمي إلى عالمنا بكل تأكيد فهو قادم من عالم مجهول تحيط به هالة الأغلال والأصفاد والعذاب..الكتاب أشبه برواية بل هي رواية في الحقيقة كتبها أحد أفراد الدولة وهو (جانغ جين سونغ) في كوريا الشمالية حيث كان يعمل في شعبة الأدب في قطاع الدولة، كانت وظيفته تتمثل في تمجيد القائد عبر قصائد طويلة وروايات وشعر ملحمي.. إستطاع هذا الكاتب العبقري أن ينال إعحاب القائد العزيز ولكن مالبث أن تعكر صفو حياته بحادث قد يبدو عادياً بالنسبة لنا ولكن في تلك البلاد ليس الأمر كذلك..حيث إستعار الأديب إحدى الكتب الممنوعة من المكتبة الوطنية (بصفته كتاباً طبعاً) وقادم بمشاركته مع زميل له.. شاءت الاقدار أن يُسرق الكتاب في محطة القطار وتلك طبعاً لم تكن حدثاً عادياً يستوجب الإعتذار للمكتبة بل تؤدي بصاحبها الى الاعدام أمام الملأ هو ورفيقه الذي إستعار الكتاب..قرر الإثنان الهرب عبر الحدود الصينية، والأمر لم يكن بتلك السهولة التي تصورها هذان الأبلهان، فقد تم مطاردتهما من قبل السلطات الصينية وقبل ذلك من حرس الحدود الكوري الشمالي.. أحداث مشوقة جداً وحزينة ومأساوية في نفس الوقت ومحاولة الحصول على لجوء سياسي أشبه بالمعركة المستحيلة كأنها رواية بوليسية وليست أحداثاً حقيقية..~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~كتاب ممتع مشوق حزين للغاية تغطيه لمحلة إنسانية وسرد أيضاً لبعض المواقف السياسية والتاريخية لـ كوريا الشمالية..أسلوب الكاتب رائع جداً في سرد الأحداث، الهرب والإختباء والمطاردة، كما ذكرت سابقاً فهو أديب وكاتب في الدولة قبل أن يقرر الهرب فذلك تجد ذلك الحس الأدبي في الكتاب ولن تجده مملاً أبداً ككتب السياسية وغيرها..أنصح بهذا الكتاب وبشدة.. لن تندموا على قرائته صدقوني :)

  • Lyn
    2018-11-25 02:20

    I like to read speculative fiction – science fiction and fantasy – and this may as well be. The socio-political situation described in North Korea is as alien as something dreamed up by George Orwell or Philip K. Dick.The author was a state sponsored poet – actually a high-ranking member of the controlling workers party – and got to see behind the wizard’s curtain – realizing finally that all the propaganda about “Dear Leader”, the moniker used for the ruling Kim, was a load of horses***. He decided to leave, defect, and this is his story as a fugitive from this ridiculously oppressive regime.Jang Jin-sung left North Korea and went NORTH, into communist China. So I had to ask, “How bad is communist North Korea when the guy defects to another communist country?” Pretty damn bad. Poverty, starvation, and rampant, almost surreal corruption at the highest levels. Orwell’s comments in Animal Farm about some animals being “more equal than others” applies here as high ranking party members get special treatment while the working class (I thought they were ALL workers???) eat GRAINS of rice (and that’s not hyperbole, that was one of the anecdotes he shared).This book also made me think about the vast, canyon like divide between the political climate in the United States and North Korea. Ideologically I am a libertarian, but politically I am apathetic, as I see no viable party that represents my interests. I can choose to ignore politics, participate enthusiastically, or be a hate mongering cynic – or any combination. These poor North Koreans have somehow bought into a generations long mass hypnosis. They seem to actually believe Dear Leader is some kind of god on earth.Check out this National Geographic documentary about life in North Korea and how brainwashed these poor folks are. I could not imagine, in my wildest dreams, some western politician getting away with even a fraction of the shenanigans these North Korean “leaders” skip on with a free pass. A politician here makes a statement and there is a team of fact checkers dissecting and commenting upon every misquote and condemning every misrepresentation to the nth degree. And that is not even considering the gross civil rights violations and the slapstick joke of due process they have over there.Throughout his escape and fugitive narrative, Jang looks back to provide a history of North Korea and the development of the Kim family cult of personality. Here is another example of the great differences between North Korea and most of the rest of the world. While political leaders and monarchs may be popular or treated with respect, the North Korean fervor towards the Leader, heightened and maintained by rigid military etiquette throughout society, seems completely foreign and unnatural. This is demi-god worship, and in the twenty-first century.But, at least in North Korea, might makes right. Kim and his ilk have the guns, dogs, and other methods of public execution and various and sundry means of internal intimidation. I write with levity because the situation this book describes is so off the charts bad that I must either laugh or cry. Jang Jin-sung has given us, literally at the risk of his life, this glimpse into hell on earth. Riveting.

  • Joseph
    2018-11-30 22:25

    Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee-- A Look Inside North Korea by Jang Jin-sung provides an inside look into the North Korea. Jang served as one of the eight poet laureates of North Korea under Kim Jong-Il. Among those duties was the work on the Annals of the Kim Dynasty, where Jang notes, was written by writers and poets and not historians. As part of the protected, privileged, inner circle Jang did not experience the extreme poverty personally, but did encounter it on his trip back to his hometown. Jang’s inside experience makes Dear Leader the Breaking with Moscow of the early twenty-first century. Most of what happens in North Korea, stays in North Korea. With only twenty-four embassies, there is little intelligence gathering throughout the country. The people have limited access to the media, all of it state owned. North Korea, poor, but with a government capable of monitoring daily lives and activities of it citizens. What it cannot monitor it enforces by threat. Prison camps and sentences for entire families (three generations) are not out of the norm and can be imposed for seemingly minor offences. Jang’s offence was losing a Western book he loaned to a friend. That carried the death penalty. Jang manages to escape with the friend he loaned the book to and is better prepared to defect than most North Koreans. Once out of North Korea and in China they find that the previous privilege has no benefit in trying to get to South Korea or South Korean help. Throughout his escape he tells those who help him stories of what he witnessed and experienced in North Korea. The main problem he has getting to the right people. China does not want North Korean refugees, but turns a blind eye to importing women to be wive’s of Chinese men. But ordinary North Koreans are seen as a threat to legal Korean communities in China. There is also an interesting experience with Chinese Christian organizations and churches -- which were instrumental in helping latin American refugees in the 1980s. I have read several books on North Korea and was a bit skeptical about this one. Several defectors have told stories of tremendous hardship and cruelty at the hands of the government or simply of government neglect when the times became difficult. It is with these experiences that people are able to make their case for asylum. South Korea accepts all defectors but the most practical way to escape is through China and then on to the South Korean embassy in Mongolia. Chinese guards the entrance to the South Korean Embassy checking passport of those trying enter. Jang does not disclose how he was able to enter the South Korean compound, but a careful reader or a person familiar with international law will easily figure it out. All in all a great book and a great story. I did have a difficult time, at first, feeling any sympathy for a man in the inner circle of North Korean power who probably would have remained in his privileged position had his friend not lost a book. Jang, however, does come across as an honest person and sincere in his writing. A very good read about a country little real information is known about.

  • WarpDrive
    2018-12-12 02:33

    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 great 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 unique 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 critique 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 equally 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.

  • Emmett Hoops
    2018-11-23 01:24

    I really wanted to like this book a lot. Anyone who gets out of North Korea is entitled to all the indulgence I can afford. But this one is just too fairy tale-like. Some of Jang's memories are filled with descriptions like, "He looked at me with a smile, and the two of us scampered off like playful children."One too many such descriptions and it all began to sound fake. One also has to give strong consideration to the author's callousness in not understanding the dangerous predicament those who were in a position to help him found themselves in. He seems to think that his own freedom is of paramount importance, but damn those people who didn't help him. In fact, after Jang gets to South Korea and freedom, he makes a casual inquiry as to the well-being of some of the Chinese who put their lives at risk by helping him. Some cannot be reached. Oh, well, casualties of Jang's quest for personal freedom. Much as I enjoyed the rollicking story, these things bother me and detract from the quality of the narrative.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-07 19:34

    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 question of whether humanity will ever 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, religions or tyrannical states.

  • Hayley Gullen
    2018-11-25 02:36

    I read this because, probably like many people I'm curious about North Korea, and it was amazing. It's a history lesson, a groundbreaking current affairs expose, and a gripping escape story all rolled into one. Because Jang Jin-Sung held relatively privileged positions within North Korean society, he had access to far more information than the average citizen - and he's still not able to share all of it. What he does share, though, is definitely worth knowing about. The expected horrors and grimness is there too, although it's thankfully not unremitting. There's far more focus on the workings of North Korean society and how he manages to escape. Everyone should read this book.

  • Ali
    2018-11-19 20:42

    Great read

  • Sara Nasr
    2018-11-24 21:33

    طوال قراءتي كنت أقلب الكتاب لأتأكد من المختصر على غلافه أن الشهادة حقيقية حدثت لشخص حقيقي وليست قصة خيالية مثل روايتي 1984، و"في بلاد الأشياء الأخيرة" اللتين وجدت فيهما تشابها كبيرا مع شهادة الكاتب.جانغ جين سونغ الكاتب، شاب يشغل أحد المناصب العليا في جهاز الدعاية في كوريا الشمالية، عاش كواليس نظام الحكم في بلده، بحكم عمله في قسم "الجبهة الموحدة" والمهام الموكلة له في التحريض والترويج للنظام الحاكم، وخبايا اتخاذ القرارات والعلاقات بين الدول. خاصة اليابان والصين وكوريا الجنوبية.يسرد "سونغ" كتالوج "النظام الشمولي" الذي لا يختلف كثيرا عما رواه "جورج أورويل" في روايته التي تعتبر مرجعا للأنظمة القمعية، فهنا "قسم الجبهة الموحدة"، نظام التدقيق، جواسيس لكشف من لا يحب الرئيس، مجاعات، مساعدات غذائية، بيع جثث في الطرق، جنس رخيص، خطف، عمالة، جاسوسية، كل ما تتخيله عن نظام شمولي دكتاتوري.يحكي الكاتب في أسلوب أدبي سلس قصة هربه مع صديقه، ومحاولات فرارهم إلى كوريا الجنوبية، بعيدا عن أكاذيب الحكومة وخداعها، وسعيا إلى الحرية والحقيقة. فمثلا في كوريا الشمالية تبدأ الرقابة المؤسساتية للفكر بتعزيز "اللغة"،حتى اللغة مسيطر عليها، بعد ثلاثين عاما لم يكن يعرف "سونغ" أن نعوتا مثل (عزيز، ومحترم، ومهذب) تعابير يمكن استخدامها مع مواطن عادي، هذه التعابير حكرا على الرئيس (كيم جونغ- إيل)، القائد العزيز! في نهاية محاولات فراره، والمخاطر التي واجهها الكاتب في هربه للجوء في كوريا الجنوبية"، وبعد أن فقد صديقه بانتحاره، كتب سونغ:"كان ثمن نجاتي فقداني أحبائي، وفقدانهم لي، فلا ألم أو حزن أكبر أيا تكن الشدائد التي أرزح تحت عبئها. فوق كل شئ، أعرف الآن حقي بالحرية وأتمسك به بضراوة، ويمنحني هذا الأمر القوة للنهوض ألف مرة كلما وقعتُ" هذا فيلم وثائقي تزامنت مشاهدته مع القراءة، بعنوان "كوريا الشمالية.. الجمهورية الغامضة" وأفادني في بعض الإحصائيات الواردة فيه.https://goo.gl/vM5tqp على الهامش: شكرا للصديق هيثم لصبره على استعارتي الكتاب، قرابة العامين

  • Becky
    2018-11-23 21:43

    I had thought that after reading the terrifying, inimitable, and heart-stopping “Nothing to Envy” that there wouldn’t by any shocks for me left in the world of North Korea. I felt that I was prepared mentally, if not emotionally, to read once again about the horrors faced by North Koreans, however, I was completely wrong. Jang was an elite, one who was personally favored by the Kim family, who had access to state secrets (such as North Korea abducting citizens from other countries to indoctrinate them, or purposely sending attractive North Korean women out to become pregnant by men who are ethnically diverse so as to have better spies in a few generations), and who was educated which lent to a very thoughtful and poignant biography about his escape from North Korea.Jang had been strictly kept in the capital of Pyongyang, and so it wasn’t until revisiting his home town did he truly understand the desperation of people to survive. His old neighbors had starved to death, the trees were stripped bare of bark and foliage, but he still received his party rations in Pyongyang, which mostly came from relief boxes dropped from other countries. Shortly after he made his flight to China, and the journey was just heartbreaking. He takes you on the same emotional journey that he went on, the realization that he was helping an evil regime, the desperation to reach South Korea and try and spread the word. Let him take you on this journey. Learn about the most secretive country in the world, the horrors that the people face, the human rights depravities that they have become accustomed to. Recommend for everyone along with Nothing to Envy.

  • محمد على عطية
    2018-12-05 01:33

    هذا الكتاب هو شهادة لشاب أديب استطاع بموهبته الأدبية و الشعرية أن يلفت نظر رأس النظام في بلده و أن يصبح من (المعترف بهم) من قبل الديكتاتور كيم يونج إيل و ليحظى بالإمتيازات الناتجة عن هذا الوضع. و تأتي لحظة الحقيقة في حياته عند زيارته لبلدته و رؤيته لأبناء وطنه و هم يموتون من الجوع في تناقض تام مع ما يحظى به من إمتيازات، و ما يرفعه النظام من شعاراتيعرض الكتاب لصورة من الوضع في كوريا الشمالية التي فرض نظامها العزلة على شعبها فأصبح أسيراً لما يفرضه عليه الحزب من قناعاتٍ و أفكار ملخصها أن (كوريا أم الدنيا...و حتبقى أد الدنيا) و أن الشعب الكوري (أحسن شعب في العالم) و أن جيشه (خير أجناد الأرض) و أن العالم كله يحقد على الشعب الكوري . و بحكم عمل الكاتب لفترة داخل النظام عرض تفاصيل لصورة عبادة الزعيم في كوريا الشمالية و كيفية سيطرة الحزب على الشعب و أجهزة الدولة و القوات المسلحة، و أسلوب تعامله مع الدول المجاورة ، و إلقائه الضوء على بعض السياسات المتبعة و من ضمنها خطف الأجانب!ذكر الكاتب أنه أول مرة إطلع فيها على أدب أجنبي كان عندما قرأ بالصدفة ترجمة لشعر اللورد بايرون، و ساعتها اكتشف وجود أوصاف و مفردات مثل (العزيز - العظيم - المحترم) ممكن أن يوصف بها أشخاص عاديين و أنها ليست حصرية لوصف القائد و الرئيس فقط. و لما تقدم في القراءة اكتشف أيضاً أن مشاعر الحب و الوفاء ممكن ألا تقتصر على الزعيم فقط !أكثر من نصف الكتاب يعرض رحلة الكاتب نحو الحرية و فراره من كوريا الشمالية إلى الصين و سعيه للجوء لكوريا الجنوبية. تمثل المفارقة الأكبر و الأعظم في نظري تكراره لتعجبه من (الإنفتاح) الذي رآه في الصين. فوصف دولة قمعية و نظام شمولي مثل الصين بالإنفتاح هو أبسط تعبير عن الوضع المزري داخل كوريا الشمالية.

  • Baqer
    2018-11-12 19:15

    سرگذشتنامه ای کم نظیر بود با توصیفات و تعلیقاتی قوی که از زبان شاعر محبوب کیم جونگ ایل، جنگ جین سونگ روایت میشه. راوی ابتدا به بیان کیفیت زندگی مردم کره و حکومت رهبر عزیز می پردازه و ملاقاتی که با رهبر عزیز داشته.ناگهان اتفاقی می افته که ورق برمیگرده. کتاب محرمانه ای رو گم می کنه و از ترس تبعید به اردوگاه یا اعدام، به چین فرار می کنه. در چین هم تلاش می کنه که خودش رو به کره ی جنوبی برسونه و آخر سر...این کتاب از نقش امید در زندگی میگه. از آزادی و استقلال که حق همه ی انسانهاست و درباره ی مردم کره ی شمالی که از اون محروم اند صحبت می کنه. و از حکومت خاندان کیم که پایه هاش فریب و وحشت افکنی و اعدامه.

  • مصطفي سليمان
    2018-11-17 22:43

    تخيل اكتر افكارك النمطية عن كوريا الشمالية واستدعي من ذاكرتك كل الزعماء العرب الفاشيين والشمولينواخلطهم ف بعض هيبقوا ملايكة مقارنة باللي بيحصل ف كوريا الشماليةالكتاب مشكلته الاساسية انه بيديلك احساس ان دا طبيعي اللي هما فيه دا قشطة يعنيمفهوش مشاكل كبيرة يعنيخلينا نأخد خبة أمثلة*الكهربا بتيجي 4 ساعات ف اليوم*المياه بتيجي لمدة ساعتين ف اماكن محددة وبالدور * الطعام محدود للغاية وحدثت عدة مجاعات كبري هناك*اي كتب او جرائد حتي الكتب السماوية لو تم العثور عليها معاك انت معرض للسجن او القتل*الاحكام بما فيهم احكام القتل تحدث فورا من غير محاكمة او نقاش*لا يوجد أعلام ولا انترنت * السيارات ممنوعة ما بعد ال 6 مساءا*لو عندك تطلع انك تبقي أشهر دكتور ف العالم مثلا او لاعب موسيقي عالمي دا بيحطك تحت طائلة قانون التطلع وبيعرضك للحبس *مجرد قدرتك او انك معاك اموال اجنبية او انك تدخل مكان ف تقدر تشتري منه شئ بيخليك مراقب بسهولةبعض المواقف ف الكتاب1-سيدة تعرض بنتها للبيع بملبغ 100 يوان مكملش تقريبا 2$ ولا تتكلم وصامته الناس بتحاول تساعدها وخلاص تمام بيجي ظباط طبعا كان هيقبض ع الناس كلها ، لكن بيجي رتبة اعلي بيدي للست الفلوس وبيأخد البنت الست بتشتري كيس عيش وبتديه لبنتها وبتعتذر ليها2-كان بيشتري جزمة لصديقه الجزمة اغلي شوية الراجل البياع قلق بشدة وكان هيبلغ الشرطة 3-ف السوق فجاءة الشرطة حاصرت المكان واعدمو رجل لسرقته كيس رز4-الراجل اصلا قرر يسافر ويهرب من البلد بسبب ان كتاب اداه لصديق ضاع منه5-بطل الكتاب شغال ف مكان بيكتب مقالات تمجيد ف الحاكم علي هيئة انه كوري جنوبي6-مرة راح عزومة الست كانت بتشيل كل يوم قبلها ب 3 شهور 10 حبات رز علشان تقدر تطبخله7-وسط كل الفقر والمستوي المعيشة دا كانوا بيسئوله علي صحة الرئيس للانه شكله كان تعبان8-الرئيس اللي مات اللي ابنه المجنون ماسك دلوقتي كان عازل ابوه كان سيبه ف الحكم لكن دون صلاحية لدرجة ان الراجل ابوه قرر ف حركة يائسة وهو خارج كوريا الشمالية انه يقوله انه هيعمل صلح مع كوريا الجنوبيةفور عودتهم اعد وزير الخارجية 9-بيتم اختطاف مسئولين من دول اجنبية10-كوريا الشمالية بتاخد معونات وخلينا نحدد جزء من السلطة تحديدا بتاخد معونات مادية و اطعمة من امريكا11- الصين مش مع ولا ضد كوريا الشمالية هي المصلحة وفقط يعني لما هربوا بالفعل هما سايبين ايدهم للمخابرات الكورية الشمالية للقبض او تعقب الهاربين12-تجارة الجنس وجنس الاطفال امر منتشر بشدة ف الهاربين ف الصين13- كوريا الجنوبية بتتعامل مع الهاربين لو تعرف توصل للسفارة ف بكين فل احنا معاك غير كدا فاكس14-مستوي المعاناة للوصول لبر الامان غير منطقي ، فيه ناس كتيره حاولت تهرب كذا مرة واللي بيتمسك مش بيتقتل علي فكرة بيكسروا عضمه تماما وبيتبعت يتعذب ما بين العام وبعدين يتحكم عليه بالسجن15-لما تيجي تهرب من كوريا الشمالية متقولش للاهلك للان لو تم رصد اي معلومة ان اهلك عارفين او كانوا عارفين او داعمين للموضوع يبقي الله يرحمهمكتاب صادم لو 10% بس من الكتاب حقيقي فهو كارثي بس كداالمشكلة بس ف الاسماء او لو مش عندك خلفية عن الامر بس هيبقي صعب شوية تستوعب حبة حاجات

  • Roaldeuller
    2018-12-09 21:20

    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 believe.For 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 friends 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 gave a $10 million dollar "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 question is: what was omitted, what was made up, and what was really true?Make 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 Korea give it a look.

  • Paul
    2018-12-05 02:24

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.I've read several nonfiction books purporting to explain life inside North Korea, but only one other by an actual defector. That book was Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West. It was the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, as told to American journalist Blaine Harden, who actually wrote the book. My review of Escape from Camp 14 included these comments:An interesting but curiously flat and skimpy retelling of a North Korean prison camp escapee's story. Something is missing here -- I expected a more dramatic, more compelling story. And this one is necessarily full of holes, because the escapee shares only the basic outline of his tale with the American journalist who tells it. He never really opens up, and my reaction is one of suspicion -- not of the journalist, but of the escapee himself. He says any other prisoner would have done what he did, ratting out his mother and brother to prison guards and then watching their execution. He says he felt nothing, that he did what he was trained to do. And yet he knows what he did was shameful and wrong, because for months afterward he lied about it. We are told that no one -- not one person, ever -- has escaped from this particular prison camp. Yet members of his own imprisoned family almost casually, it seems, planned an escape, and his own escape and travel to China sounds suspiciously easy (he lingered in the village next to the camp for several days, and no one came looking for him? Give me a break). These parts of his story ring false.This defector's tale is different. One, it was written by the defector, Jang Jin-Sung, himself. Two, the defector was an educated man, a party cadre, and a high-level member of North Korea's leadership, one of the "admitted," a man who had not only met the Dear Leader, Kim Jong-Il, but who lived and worked under the Dear Leader's personal protection as his poet laureate. In addition to his duties as state poet, he worked in the only North Korean party agency with access to information from the outside world. He was remarkably well-placed, a trusted inner-circle functionary, probably one of the most high-value defectors ever to escape the regime.And three, there was nothing "suspiciously easy" about Jang Jin-Sung's escape. I have always understood that North Korea has agents in the Chinese border region, placed there to capture escapees, and that China takes an active role in helping NK track them down. What I didn't know was just how extensive the dragnet is: between NK and China, it is incredibly difficult for escapees to evade capture in the border regions and make it all the way to the South Korean embassy in Beijing (and even there, hundreds of miles from NK, many are captured and turned back over to NK agents) ... yet thousands of incredibly brave and determined escapees have made their way to freedom.Jang Jin-Sung almost didn't. He escaped along with a friend, another member of the inner circle. As soon as they crossed over the frozen Tumen river into China, the North Korean government alerted Chinese authorities they were wanted for murder, and they had to evade an intense manhunt. They were able to get limited and begrudging help from a few ethnic Korean Chinese citizens, but generally faced nothing but distrust and threats to turn them in. Jang Jin-Sung's friend was eventually cornered, jumping off a cliff to his death to avoid capture. Thirty-seven days after crossing into China Jang Jin-Sung finally was able to contact a South Korean journalist working in Beijing, a man who immediately realized the value of what Jang Jin-Sung knew and put him in touch with South Korean intelligence agents who were able to sneak him past Chinese guards into the embassy in Beijing.The escape & evasion portion of the book is one cliff-hanger after another, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Equally riveting is what Jang Jin-Sung reveals about the inner workings of NK's leadership: how Kim Jong-Il, about to be passed over as Kim Il-Sung's dynastic successor, worked behind the scenes to elevate the party over the military, creating the personality cult of Kim Il-Sung while at the same time making the Great Leader a figurehead and himself, the Dear Leader, the actual ruler, pulling all the strands from the center of the web. He explains how Kim Jong-Il's feckless mismanagement created the famine of the late 1990s; how NK's apparently self-destructive strategies in dealing with the outside world and South Korea (asking for aid while at the same time provoking military confrontations with the South Korean Navy) were perceived by the leadership as the smart thing to do; how NK internal propaganda and almost all the articles about the outside world in the NK press are wholly written from scratch by anonymous men working for various NK propaganda agencies.What drove this well-placed, comfortable member of the inner circle to defect? A vacation visit to his home town at the height of the famine, and the sudden realization that everything about North Korea was a lie. Or so he says. Yes, I don't fully trust this defector either. I have to assume he whitewashes his own actions, both before and after his defection, and that we're hearing only those parts of the story he wants us to hear. One detail that sticks with me: he had been living with his parents before his defection, and although he iterates several examples of NK's official "guilt by association" policy, wherein entire families are arrested and sent to prison camps for crimes committed by just one member of the family, he never mentions the fate of his mother and father, never speculates about what may have happened to them after his escape.The contrast between what this defector says about how the government of North Korea works and the speculations offered by outsiders in those other nonfiction books I mentioned at the beginning of this review is a stark one. Outsiders truly cannot understand how things really work in that benighted country. What this guy says rings true. Of course I don't know whether or not it is true, but once he made it to Seoul he was debriefed for eight months, and North Korea has openly said he's marked for assassination. Those are, to me, persuasive arguments in his favor.If you're the least bit interested in North Korea, this book needs to be on your reading list.

  • فهد الفهد
    2018-11-29 19:25

    القائد العزيز يبدو هذا الكتاب كرواية أورويلية، الشاب الكوري الشمالي الذي يعمل في جهاز أمني دعائي في بيونغ يانغ، حيث تتلخص مهمته اليومية في التظاهر بأنه كوري جنوبي، قراءة الكتب والصحف الكورية الجنوبية بشكل سري، ومن ثم كتابة أشعار تمجد كيم جونغ إيل باسم مستعار، تنشر لاحقاً على أنها أشعار شاعر كوري جنوبي يتمنى توحيد الكوريتين تحت راية القائد العزيز. جنون تام!! فكرة لا تليق إلا بعوالم الخيال العلمي والمستقبل البعيد، لا ينقص هؤلاء المساكين إلا ستر لامعة ومركبات بين نجمية وصورة للأخ الأكبر على الجدار!! للحقيقة صورة القائد العزيز ووالده موجودة فعلاً في كل مكان، بقيت المركبات النجمية، على أي حال يقرر جانغ جين سونغ الفرار بعدما ينسى صديقه كتاباً سرياً أعاره إياه سونغ في حافلة، يعرف كلاهما أن التحقيقات المهووسة قادمة، وأنهما سيرسلان إلى أحد معسكرات العمل السيئة السمعة، لهذا يستعجلان الفرار إلى الصين في رحلة مستحيلة تطاردهما فيها الشرطة الصينية، ومن ورائها العملاء الشماليين، شابان ساذجان لم يخرجا إلى العالم الحقيقي أبداً، عاشا حياتهما تحت مظلة أحد أقسى وأبشع الأنظمة وأكثرها عزلة، يتعثران الآن في كل خطوة، ويقرران الافتراق لجعل حظوظهما أعلى، وهو فراق لا لقاء بعده حيث ينجح أحدهما فقط في الوصول إلى كوريا الجنوبية، ويعيش ليكتب لنا هذه القصة المحزنة والتي يمكن للكثير من القراء العرب فهمها والتعاطف معها.

  • Jaycob
    2018-11-22 01:33

    I'm divided in how I feel about this book. On the one hand, hearing a perspective from a high ranking insider with several (brief) encounters with Kim Jong Il was very interesting. I wished to hear more about the life of the privileged in the regime, but oh well. Throughout the book, I did find myself questioning how much was embellished. Maybe embellished isn't the world, but perhaps whitewashed is better. Jang always portrays himself as a morally courageous, but I'm left wondering. It's a memoir, so one has to expect choice parts to make for the best story for the author are to be told. So overall, interesting look inside of North Korea with some parts reading like a bit of a poetic license was taken.

  • Sarah Harakeh
    2018-11-26 02:43

    Only few books can make me stay awake for more 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 goes on in North Korea of oppression, but this book gave 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.

  • Alijwad
    2018-11-28 01:35

    كتاب رائع جدا وغني بالمشاعر الانسانية الصادقة التي تجبر القارئ على ان يدمع حزنا وتأثرا بالظلم الوحشي الذي يعاني منه البشر في اكثر من موضع في العالم ، الكتاب هو سيرة خلاص انسان طلب الحرية وكان عليه المجازفة بحياته في سبيلها لان قدره هو انه ولد في بلاد يحكمها اعتى الانظمة الديكتاتورية في العالم واكثرها ظلما ، هذا الكتاب هو صرخة كل مظلوم شاء سوء حظه ان يعيش تحت حكم طاغية مصاب بجنون العظمة في كل مكان في العالم حيث تختلف اسماء هولاء الطغاة ولغاتهم وجنسياتهم ولكن وحشيتهم واحدة .

  • Batool Fardan
    2018-11-11 23:16

    - هل لدي وطن ؟ - تساءل الكاتب عن ذلك أثناء فراره من براثن حزب العمال الكوري الشمالي بحثاً عن حريته مع صديقٍ له . كيم جونغ - إيل ، رئيس كوريا الشمالية من عام ١٩٩٤ ، الأحمق الديكتاتوري الي فرض على شعبه الموت جوعاً و من ثم تقديس اعماله البطولية - إن وجدت - . جان جين - سونغ ، قد عاش أكثر من ٣٠ يوماً بحثاً عن حريته و حق اللجوء السياسي في كوريا الجنوبية مروراً بالصين . في حين ان الكاتب قد حالفه الكثير من الحظ في سعيه للحصول على الحرية ، فالكثير من الكوريين الشماليين الهاربين لم يحالفهم.- الحرية أغلى من الأوطان - هكذا قال. من الصعب جداً تبجيل قائد حكم على شعبه بالعيش في ذل و مأساة ، الى حد بعضاً منهم اضطر الى بيع أطفاله من أجل كسرة خبز. من الصعب جداً جداً تبجيل قائد قد ملئ بطنه و بطن حاشيته و اسلتذ و تنعم بملذات الدنيا و شعبه في حال يرثى لها. حقائق جداً صادمة ، و مؤلمة بحق. طريقة كتابة الكتاب كانت جداً ممتعة و من السهل الاسترسال في قراءتها. المعلومات التي كانت تحويها سهلة و مفهومة ، لا صعوبة في فهم ما يجري من احداث و حقائق . و لو كانت بعض المواقف استحال على عقلي تصديق وجودها ، و لكن بالفعل هذا النوع من الألم يتعايش معه الكثير من الناس. بالختام ، انهي هذه المراجعة البسيطة بشعار الحزب لعام ١٩٩٥ بعد موت الكثيرين من الجوع : - إذا نجوت من ألف من المعاناة ، فستكون هناك عشرة آلاف ميل من السعادة -

  • Mahdi Rahimi
    2018-11-16 01:40

    متاسفانه نوشتن از مشکلات و بدبختی مردم در کره شمالی، تبدیل به بیزینسی شده که ناشران و مدیران رسانه‌ها در غرب و فرارکردگان از کره شمالی درگیر آن هستند. به احتمال بالای 90 درصد فساد ذکرشده در این کتاب و کتب مشابه در کره شمالی واقعیت است. سوال اینجا است که جامعه جهانی به جز تفریح ذهنی با بدختی مردم کره شمالی چه کار دیگری انجام می‌دهد؟جدا از این مساله برایم کار‌هایی که جنگ سونک تک شوهر عمه کیم جونگ اون (رهبر فعلی کره‌شمالی) در زمان کیم جونگ ایل (رهبر قبلی) انجام داده بود، جالب بود. ظاهرا این شخص در تسویه حساب‌های شخصی چندین نفر از سران کره شمالی را به بهانه ارتباط با غرب از بین برده بود. خود جنگ سونگ تک بعدها در زمان رهبری کیم جونگ اون در میان یک جلسه حزبی دستگیر شد و ظاهرا محکوم به دریده شدن توسط سگهای وحشی شده و کشته شد.

  • Rachel Matilda
    2018-11-28 23:19

    This is the first and only defector story I've read so far, so I can't really say it's the best, nor can I critique on anything regarding the legitimacy if it's content, since if anyone would know anything about the regime, it would be Jang and those ruling it. However, I can say that the reason why I enjoyed the book was not solely because of my interest in the country. While Jang did provide really interesting information as well as understandable explanations, it was the way he intertwined then with his narrations and his simple writing that transformed what could've been a plain account of his experiences, or a non-fiction comparison of Orwell's 1984 (refer to my review on that), into a moving piece that had me excessively reminding myself that it was not fiction. I appreciate how he noticed the tiniest details in his life and included them in e.g. "When I saw the tattered shoes that Young-nam put on as he hurriedly followed me out if he house, I was glad that I had made the decision to leave". The whole thing is filled with little gems like these and though the embellishment may have put some off, thinking that they are merely exaggerations, I found that it further enhanced the sentimental values of the whole encounter. Honestly, it was tough for me to accept that this book was the truth and going through the character development of Young-nam SPOILER ALERT up till his death was extremely difficult for me to register that he was actually a real person. Overall, I highly recommend this. It is worth anyone's time to have even a look at a page since this is someone else's life and struggles you're looking into, and I think it's a good way to enlighten oneself on the horrors of North Korea that is still going in today (btw it touches on the fate if female defectors as well- heavy stuff), heighten one's sense of humanity, and serve as an admonition on how the freedom we have is a privilege for them.

  • Antoinette Perez
    2018-11-18 00:26

    IF EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK IS TRUE... that would be awesome. Jang Jin-Sung definitely seems to bring the goods. Since he is revealing insider scoop on that most closed of nations, North Korea, there's very little validation and fact-checking to be done. I've read a few books, both fiction and non-fiction, about North Korea, and this book is different: not only is there perspective from the top of that hierarchy, there's analysis I've never seen before on the shaping of a nation's militaristic identity through arts and culture, as well as a concise analysis of how Kim Jong-Il wrested power from his father. It's fascinating when Jang repeatedly asserts the rest of the world has gotten the game all wrong with North Korea -- diplomacy will always fail -- and I wonder if world leaders are reading this an re-strategizing.That very quality that makes this book unique also makes it difficult for me to take, at times: Jang breathed rarified air, never had anyone in his immediate family spend time in a prison camp, didn't starve during the famines, nothing. His experience is atypical, and at least one degree removed from that of most of his countrymen and women. I get that a sense of morality can be shaped by culture, and yet -- when he went to his hometown and witnessed firsthand the suffering, why did it take him so long to decide to do something about it? He recounts other stories of coming face-to-face with the horrors, and speaks nothing of these experiences haunting him. He can't help that he was born into a comfortable class, and he then earned his way to a protected class. Even if his entire culture validates that it's OK for him to live in ease as he watches others suffer, does it really take 30+ years to recognize the disparity, poverty, and hypocrisy?

  • Tyska
    2018-11-13 19:21

    I am in awe of this book. One of Kim Jong-Il's "admitted" officers flees over the Tumen river through China, knowing what nobody outside the country should ever know of. Coming across more than a fair share of obstacles, he manages to escape - many times by pure chance.Although this book uses a completely different approach to the story of a defector, it tells all the same issues and struggles like most of the other books about North Korean defectors - plus a little bit more.The author is a poet by profession and probably spiced up certain parts of his story, but the thrill throughout the whole book had me on edge constantly. I sometimes trembled when trying to turn the page.It's exactly that thrill I found most astonishing. The author tried to put his feelings, his thoughts during the escape into words and hence shared something that I haven't experienced in any of the other North Korea books: pure and utter despair. Sure, other defecting stories describe the same feeling, but they never succeeded in making me feel it.I also appreciated the in-detail information that only someone in his position could know about the regime/the Worker's Party. All in all, highly interesting and more than recommended.

  • Afah Aziz
    2018-11-13 02:29

    "Freedom is freely given to anyone born in a free land, but others have to risk their lives for it."North Korea is a country I am very much intrigued with. Another book I've read on North Korea is Escape From Camp 14 in which Shin Donghyuk tells what happens in the labor camps specifically. Dear Leader, in contrast, focuses on North Korea in general: the cultification of the leaders in North Korea, particularly their Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il, since the author, Jang Jin-sung, lived (and escaped) during the time of Kim Jong-il's rule; strategies and policies North Korea use to achieve what it wants; and the machinery of the country, including the execution of intensive psychological warfare on its people. Content: exclusive, insider information about North Korea; definitely worth a read especially if you're interested in this hermit kingdom.

  • Natalie (weneedhunny)
    2018-11-22 21:32

    Reading Dear Leader is akin to reading one of the many famous dystopian novels through the 20th century; your 1984s and Brave New Worlds but of course set in the very real, very present, late 20th and early 21th century. Jang Jin-Sung combines his personal memoir from birth up to the point of becoming a South Korean resident with a critical account of North Korean society and politics on a more general scale. The author of this book worked among some of the highest appointed ‘cadres’ in North Korea, personally familiar with Kim Jong-Il as he worked with the few chosen ones who served as part of the North Korean leader’s ‘private’ personnel; ‘the admitted’ is the term used by the author speaking of this group of people he worked with before his escape from North Korea.Because of Jang Jin-Sung’s high rank within the hierarchy of North Korea, he had access to classified information both of the goings on within the country as well as more information of the outside world than most other people living in the country. It was due to this fact that the carefully fictionalized story of the leaders of the country, the Kim religion as it were, started to crack and he came to understand just how many secrets and how many lies the country was built upon to remain in the current structure. Through ‘Dear Leader’ we follow Jang Jin-Sung from his birth, onto his schooling, his eventual climbing of the societal stairs, and onward in his constantly gaining realizations of the discrepancies and the realities too of the people who are not as lucky as him within the country’s classes. Early on in the book he is visiting an old friend in one of the poorer regions of the country and his hometown, only to see the devastation, the poverty, the dirt, the hunger, and the people who are left out of the care of the leading party. Even as he has made his way over the river and into China, he is faced with further realizations of his own experience and of others who have taken different roads, with other obstacles along the way but with the same fear, and with the same longing for freedom. Jang Jin-Sung was a poet in North Korea, which is the reason for his high rank too - while a poet would seem in many countries to be a respectable occupation, and important too of course in the way of art and all that it entails, in North Korea poetry is part of the production of propaganda and is therefor vital to produce and re-produce the power of the North Korean leaders. But Jang Jin-Sung continued to write even after making it out of North Korea through China to South Korea - as is obviously the case for this book, among other things. While the content itself is of obvious interest and importance, the fact that the author is a poet is visible through the moments of beauty and of poignancy that cuts through the harshness and fears of his and many others experience. Again, because of his experience in writing he gives some very valuable insights in how freedom of speech, literature and expression shape the way North Korea is today and what is has looked like over the last forty to fifty years. The personal narrative is heart breaking and hits hard, it’s a story that will be hard to read to matter how many times or in how many variants. In his personal account I could also see similarities to Raqqa Diaries - written by a man who escaped the city of Raqqa in Syria under ISIS rule. While these are two different places, there are similarities in the obstacles along the way, the horrors that become everyday and how it hasn’t ended even after reaching the ‘goal’.“At night, our fears take hold of us, as we are returned to the oppressive surveillance, or find ourselves arrested by secret police and hauled away to a prison camp. We say among ourselves that only when our nightly dreams are set in the safety of our new country, have we truly made it out of North Korea.”While the author has had privileges that many North Koreans haven’t had, or faced hardships like the North Korean women he meets who have been gang-raped and literally chained to houses to keep them in possession of men, or the many people who are forced to flee out of desperation and of hunger, there is a lot to be gained from Jang Jin-Sung’s unique perspective. His personal account is probably rather unusual, but the discussion on the inner workings of the North Korean society truly gives such insight into the country that I cannot highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone! This is without a doubt a book to read to better understand how the country can still be in this state, but for me it also feels like simply the tip of the Iceberg to understanding N. Korean history and politics.

  • Mary
    2018-12-11 21:33

    We misunderstand the North Koreans as badly as they misunderstand us. I know there are good people out there who dedicate their lives to understanding North Korea. I fear they are not being listened to. Trumps bluster puts Baby in a corner. Lack of diplomatic channels, our tendency to mirror and project can and has lead to unintended consequences. Not to mention that Trump is a rash bully with no experience, knowledge, interest, intelligence nor impulse control. I am no Korea expert. I believe Kim Jong Un will never negotiate his nukes due to his understanding of how to maintain power within Korea, the actions of his predecessor despots, and the lesson he learned from Gaddafi – negotiate the future of your nukes, play nice with the US and you end up defiled and dead in a gutter. Kim may also believe we invaded Iraq precisely because under the 43 Admin bluster, we did indeed know he had no nuclear capability.North Korea is a terrifying enigma for China (the only power the Kims fear, hate and can’t get the best intel on), South Korea and Japan to solve. OR not to solve. We will provide… support. The Kims are the nasty neighbors who keep playing a losing hand toward some sort of sad victory where we all lose. Decapitation (leading to the motherload of unintended consequences) or toleration of the Kim dynasty bluster. Take out their nukes and risk lots of civilian casualties. Old fashioned propaganda, cyberwarfare and help for unleashing market forces at the bottom of the North Korean food chain? Safer, more effective, not so expensive. Change from within. We used to be good at that.I am less circumspect over Jang’s memoir/political treatise/translation manual than my past readings on NK defectors. His is the first memoir from an elite who was less crazed, unthreatened, not tortured, not starved. Plus, one of his assignments included adopting a SK persona to understand the South and translate to Northern elites. So, he got to read lots of SK material. Still, he was formed under such extreme and alien culture that I wonder about his impressions. His life is a shell game that I can’t imagine. Every word and action could be life or death. He grew up in subterfuge. His translator indicates, there is much he couldn’t share in this book…. The intel he shared with SK was probably top shelf. Relating his life and regime to me? I do wonder but I haven’t got the time to probe further. It probably requires a Ph.D. I have no doubt Kin Il-sung was usurped. I still read about a peaceful hereditary transfer of power to Kim Jog-il. I’m with Jang on this one. “It’s simple…. The United States negotiates as a matter of diplomacy, to seek common ground on an issue: but when North Korea comes to the table, it’s a counterintelligence operation…. North Korea uses dialogue as a tool of deception rather than of negotiation, with the objective being maintenance of misplaced trust in the other party. And why not? North Korea’s opacity is its greatest strength. It allows things to be done on its own terms while other countries continue to take what North Korea says at face value. In fact, Kim Jong-il formally set these three principles as a basis for diplomatic engagement: ‘The Unites States will buy any lie, as long as it’s logically presented’; Japan is susceptible to emotional manipulation’; and ‘South Korea can be ignored or blackmailed’”So mean: “In fact, encouraged by the patient peace-making operations efforts of South Korea, the North decided to fix upon military provocation as the long-term basis of its foreign policy strategies, to be guided by the three-stage framework of Provocation, Marking Position, and Maintenance [no KGB training here!]. This would be carried out through the development of nuclear weapons at an international level, and through naval provocations, at an inter-Korean level.” They are not like us.

  • Sonal
    2018-12-06 22:21

    Although a memoir, this book reads like a fiction novel. The oppression of North Koreans by the tyrant regime doesn't seem to fit in this century. The book is an eye opener for the outsiders on the pitiful state of North Koreans. This rare insight on the functioning of DPRK and the government's absolute grip on its people is shocking. The country works like a prison, with severed connections from outside world, where people can't leave or talk to outsiders with no access to what is going around the globe. They even need govt. approval to travel within their country. When the world is getting smaller for us by internet revolution, the life of North Koreans just revolves around their supreme leader; be it television, films, hoardings, internet.. everything is about the Kim's. Its true that a leader of the nation can either drive the economy to new heights or take it down the pit. I was very surprised that the author's salary was USD $2, when he was one of the fortunate ones and worked for the govt., and had known the leader privately. The backwardness of North Korea is evident from the book and its distressing to see people living in hunger and such extreme conditions ruled by the politics of fear.Jang Jin Sung escape to freedom from the clutches of regime is an exceptional story. This book brings some light to the internal functioning of the country and the psychology of its citizens, of which so little is known to the world. After reading this book I feel blessed to be born in a free country with right to freedom when some are still fighting and giving up their lives for it.

  • نیما فردوسی
    2018-12-10 23:37

    عنوان کتاب «رهبر عزیز» لقب دومین رهبر کره شمالی – یا آنطور که خودشان می‌گویند جمهوری دموکراتیک خلق کره – کیم جونگ ایل است. وی پس از مرگ پدرش کیم سونگ ایل در سال ۱۹۹۴ عهده دار مقام ریاست حزب کارگران کره شمالی شد. حزب کارگران از آخرین پرچمداران کمونیسم در جهان امروز است. در سال ۱۹۹۴ کیم سونگ ایل «رهبر کبیر» جای خود را به کیم جونگ ایل «رهبر عزیز» می‌دهد و این تغییر لقب از رهبر کبیر به رهبر عزیز استعاره‌ای است از مجموعه اقدامات کیم جونگ ایل که در کتاب می‌خوانیم. او با اقداماتی گسترده و متنوع تلاش می‌کند مشروعیت خود را نه از سلطه و قدرت نظامی، بلکه از محبوبیت و عزیز بودنش میان خلق کره شمالی به دست آورد. کیم جونگ ایل، شخص بسیار مهمی در حکومت کره شمالی به حساب می‌آید و پس از مرگش رییس جمهور ابدی جمهوری دموکراتیک خلق کره خوانده می‌شود.به کمک این کتاب می‌توانیم نگاهی به درون کره شمالی بیندازیم و از مناسبات و سیستم حکومتی این کشور اطلاعات بیشتری به دست آوریم. از آنجایی که «جنگ جین سونگ» از ماموران رده بالای حزب کارگران بوده است، جزئیاتی را عنوان می‌کند که برای اولین بار است که منتشر می‌شوند. کتاب رهبر عزیز از سه قسمت در هم تنیده تشکیل می‌شود.یک قسمت آن اقدامات کیم جونگ ایل است. اقداماتی که از زمان حیات پدرش شروع می‌شود. ساختار فعلی پیچیده قدرت کره شمالی حاصل تلاش طولانی اوست. او ایدئولوژی بسیار قدرتمندی می‌آفریند و با کنترل شدید اطلاعات بر افکار و احساسات مردمش حکمرانی می‌کند. با شنیدن نام کره شمالی احتمالا تصویری از یک حکومت خشن و سرکوبگر به ذهنمان می‌رسد که تنها با سلطه نظامی قدرت خود را حفظ می‌کند، اما آنطور که در این کتاب می‌خوانیم در بیشتر موارد اینگونه نیست. او از ابزارهایی بسیار پیچیده‌تر استفاده می‌کند، ابزارهای مانند ادبیات، موسیقی، زبان و رسانه. برای مثال جالب است بدانید در کشور کره شمالی، گزاره‌ها و ضمایری هستند که تنها برای رهبر کبیر و رهبر عزیز استفاده می‌شوند، یا وقتی درباره آن‌ها صحبت می‌کنند همیشه باید در حالت خبردار بایستند، یا اینکه تنها ترانه‌هایی در کره شمالی شنیده می‌شوند که مستقیم یا غیرمستقیم حمد و ثنای این دو را بگویند، یا اینکه در کتب تاریخ که در مدارس آموزش داده می‌شود، تاریخ را به گونه دیگری نقل می‌کنند برای مثال همه می‌دانند که کره شمالی با حمله به کره جنوبی جنگ کره را آغاز کرد و این جنگ هرگز تمام نشد و در حال حاضر در وضعیت آتش‌ بس است، اما مردم کره شمالی گمان می‌کنند کره جنوبی آغازگر جنگ بوده و در پایان هم شکست بسیار سختی را متحمل شده است. این تحریف تاریخ نمونه‌های بسیار سخیف‌تری را هم در بر می‌گیرد مانند نتیجه تیم‌های کره شمالی در مسابقات ورزشی بین‌المللی. از اقدامات بسیار مهم دیگر او تقدس بخشیدن به رهبران کره شمالی است. حالت قدسی که رهبران کره شمالی دارند یکی از قسمت‌های مهم ایدئولوژی کمونیستی-ناسیونالیستی این کشور است. آن‌ها رهبرانشان را ابر انسان‌هایی می‌دانند که از قدرت و هوش فرابشری بهره می‌برند. کیم جونگ ایل با استفاده از این ابزارهاست که «رهبر عزیز» می‌شود.قسمت دوم تلاش برای نمایاندن زندگی واقعی زندگی مردم کره شمالی است که شامل فقر، محرومیت و محدودیت‌های بسیار گسترده است. برای مثال در قسمتی از کتاب می‌خوانیم که در یکی از دوره‌های بحرانی اقتصاد کره شمالی که کشور دچار موج تورم می‌شود، حقوق یک کارمند حزب در یک ماه تنها برای خرید ۵ تخم مرغ کفایت می‌کند! این در حالی است که داشتن شغلی در حزب هم آرزوی بسیاری از مردم است. یکی محدودیت‌هایی که بر مردم اعمال می‌شود گرفتن حق سفر است. برای سفر از شهری به شهر دیگر در کره شمالی نیاز به مجوز سفر دارید. حزب دلایل شهروندان برای سفر را بررسی می‌کند و سپس برایشان مجوز سفر صادر می‌کند.قسمت سوم اما به فرار دراماتیک نویسنده کتاب از کره شمالی اختصاص داده می‌شود. فراری طولانی و جانفرسا که در نهایت او را به کره جنوبی می‌رساند. فراری که عده کمی از ساکنان کره شمالی موفق به آن می‌شوند. موقعیت جغرافیایی کره شمالی شرایط ایده‌‌آلی برای حکومت توتالیتر این کشور فراهم کرده است. آن‌ها تنها با دو کشور مرز مشترک دارند، کره جنوبی و چین. نیروهای ارتش کره شمالی از هر دوی این مرزها محافظت می‌کنند. نویسنده کتاب از مرز چین فرار می‌کند و در کشور چین بسیاری شهروندان کره‌ای و چینی به او کمک می‌کنند.کتاب دو نقطه روشن برای من داشت. یکی مردمان چینی و کره‌ای که خطر پلیس چین را به جان می‌خریدند و با وجود تهدیدها و فشارها به شهروندان کره شمالی کمک می‌کردند. نقطه روشن دیگر نشانه‌های کاهش تسلط حکومت کره شمالی بر مردم است. با تمام ابزارهای روانی و فیزیکی که کره شمالی به کار گرفته است، افرادی درون این کشور هستند که اعتقادشان را به حزب و حاکمیت از دست داده‌اند و احتمالا یکی از مهم‌ترین عوال شکست اقتصادی این کشور است. شاید یکی از مهم‌ترین پایگاه‌های حکومت‌های توتالیتر کنترل نظام اعتقادی شهروندان از طریق ایدئولوژی است و مشروعیت حکومت بسته به میزان اعتقاد و وفاداری به این سیستم ایدئولوژیک است. بسیاری از این حکومت‌ها پس از از دست دادن این مهم روزهای سختی را سپری کرده‌اند و غالبا به سمت تغییر یا اصلاح ساختار حکومتی حرکت کرده‌اند. به نظر می‌رسد این فرایند در کره شمالی نیز آغاز شده است.کتاب ترجمه روانی دارد و مترجم توضیحات خوبی را در پانویس برای خواننده آورده است. این کتاب توسط نشر ققنوس، به ترجمه مسعود یوسف حصیرچین در ۳۴۳ صفحه منتشر شده و قیمت آن ۲۴ هزار تومان است.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-28 03:39

    Given the current state of our world and the recent assassination of Kim Jong Un's half brother, this mesmerizing book should be required reading. Chronicling the author's harrowing journey from life as a highly placed cadre to a hunted political refugee in China, the book also pulls back the curtain on the brutal Kim dynasty. The insights into this regime are invaluable, starting with the fact that no bargain on the international stage is ever made in good faith. Those who deal with this regime as though their words mean anything do so at their peril. Plus this book reads like a thriller, made even more gripping by the awareness that it is not fiction.