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The Accusation by Bandi

The Accusation by Bandi is a collection of short stories written over a period of many years before being smuggled out of North Korea via China. 478 more words

Book Reviews

The Envoy Shorts: Roundup of 2017

Focus Area – Asia; Focus Country – North Korea

Many defectors have written about the North Korean regime and how the ordinary lives within that country are different from lives as we know it (who stay in countries where people have elected governments, enjoy the freedom of speech and expression, and are free to conduct their lives with minimum state interference). 186 more words

Literary Corner

The Winter Sun

Bandi (Deborah Smith trans.), The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea, London: Serpent’s Tail, 2017

Reviewed by Glen Jennings

When my daughter was two years old, she enjoyed going to the public library with me and playing on the ‘poota’. 1,386 more words


North Korea; haunting stories that will make you realise your life is pretty damn good

For today’s post, I thought I would venture away from the usual beauty posts, and share with you some of the books I’ve enjoyed recently. 489 more words

Thursday & The Accusation

When I rounded up some of my recommendations for books about North Korea I mentioned The accusation by Bandi because I had heard great things from people whose opinion I trust, but now that I have actually read it I can verify my statement. 258 more words



How do you review a book like Bandi’s The Accusation? People literally risked their lives to smuggle it out of North Korea, concealing it between works by King Sung-Il, the current dictator’s grandfather, who was himself the country’s dictator between 1948 and his death in 1994. 1,002 more words

Fiction In Translation

The Accusation, book review

Some time back I read about the challenge to read a book from every country in the world, and it was with that in mind that I started reading The Accusation:  Forbidden stories from inside North Korea, by Bandi. 206 more words