[KS] A different approach to understanding North Korea

Brother Anthony ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
Sat Feb 17 09:24:57 EST 2007

I think that there is a new book about North Korea that has not yet been 
mentioned on this List, and might be of interest. I have just been reading an 
article in today's Independent (the UK newspaper) about a detective novel set in 
North Korea, _A Corpse in the Koryo_ (published in October 2006 by Thomas 
Dunne Books) ISBN-10 
 0312352085  The article explains 
that "The author goes by the name of James Church, described by the publisher as 
"a former Western intelligence officer with decades of experience in Asia", and 
who in his own words has been "in, over and around the country numerous times, 
dating from when Kim Jong Il was a young man" so I expect some members of the 
list might know who he is. It is almost certainly the first 
thriller written by a westerner in which the main character is a "stalwart 
of the Ministry for the People's Security in the great city of Pyongyang" and 
also the first novel written by a westerner who (the article says) "may know the 
country as well as any Westerner" so it might be really interesting. The article 
is currently readable at 
but be warned, most Independent articles go into "subscribers only" mode within 
a couple of days.


I have ordered the book.


Brother Anthony

Sogang University, Seoul


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