The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea (Hardcover)

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By Bandi, Deborah Smith (Translator)
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I absolutely loved this book! The story of how it came to be is even more incredible. These forbidden stories are powerful voices of light shining through the dark. The Accusation shows us how the human spirit can flourish even in the harshest elements. A moving collection of short stories that I couldn't put down!

— Jen Steele


The Accusation is a deeply moving and eye-opening work of fiction that paints a powerful portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to people living under this most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships. The characters of these compelling stories come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from a young mother living among the elite in Pyongyang whose son misbehaves during a political rally, to a former Communist war hero who is deeply disillusioned with the intrusion of the Party into everything he holds dear, to a husband and father who is denied a travel permit and sneaks onto a train in order to visit his critically ill mother. Written with deep emotion and writing talent, The Accusation is a vivid depiction of life in a closed-off one-party state, and also a hopeful testament to the humanity and rich internal life that persists even in such inhumane conditions.

About the Author

Bandi, a name derived from the Korean for "firefly," is a pseudonym for a writer who is still living in his homeland of North Korea. The Accusation is his only published book to date. Deborah Smith is the Man Booker International Prize-winning translator of The Vegetarian by Han Kang and other books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802126207
ISBN-10: 0802126200
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English