Magazine article New Internationalist

Comrades and Strangers: Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea

Magazine article New Internationalist

Comrades and Strangers: Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea

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Comrades and Strangers: Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea by Michael Harrold (John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0 470 86976 3)

This book sets out with the admirable aim of demystifying the closed society of North Korea. The world should know more about this paranoid and isolated vestige of communism, if only because of its huge standing army and its nuclear weapons programme. Michael Harrold, as the first Briton to live and work in the country, would seem the ideal person to lift the veil of secrecy. In 1986, in response to a job advertisement, he travelled to Pyongyang and began work as an English language advisor on translations of the works of Kim II Sung and his son, Kim Jong II.

It is sometimes difficult to see what attracted Harrold to North Korea; he admits he took the job on a whim, knowing little of the peninsula's history or culture. …

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