Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

[Book Review] Powerful addition to English-language literature on North Korean refugees – the book tells the stories of six different North Korean refugees, both prior to their leaving the North and after they fled.

The deterioration of the North Korean economy, a growing lack of medicine, decreasing food supplies and the threat of starvation, the stories paint a vivid, depressing picture of life in the North.

The struggles of the refugees to adapt to life in the South, a relatively common theme in Korean writing on the subject, leaves a lasting impression and highlights why so many in the South are wary of the costs and challenges posed by a North Korean collapse.


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