The Aquariums of Pyongyang

True Stories

Kang Chol-hwan is the first person to escape successfully from the gulags of North Korea and tell the story of his imprisonment. In collaboration with Pierre Rigulot, Kang exposes the appalling truth about life in the camp: the forced labour, the public executions and the near-starvation rations that drove him to eat bugs and rats. After ten years, Kang was eventually able to escape China to South Korea.


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  • : 9781843544999
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : Atlantic Books
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