• The Accusation

  • Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea
  • By: Bandi
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-11-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Accusation is a deeply moving and eye-opening work of fiction that paints a powerful portrait of life under the North Korean regime. Set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il's leadership, the seven stories that make up The Accusation give voice to people living under this most bizarre and horrifying of dictatorships.

The characters of these compelling stories come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from a young mother living among the elite in Pyongyang whose son misbehaves during a political rally, to a former Communist war hero who is deeply disillusioned with the intrusion of the Party into everything he holds dear, to a husband and father who is denied a travel permit and sneaks onto a train in order to visit his critically ill mother.

Written with deep emotion and writing talent, The Accusation is a vivid depiction of life in a closed-off one-party state, and also a hopeful testament to the humanity and rich internal life that persists even in such inhumane conditions.

©2014 Bandi & Happy Unification Road; translation copyright 2017 by Deborah Smith (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" The Accusation continues to make international history as the first literary work smuggled out of repressive North Korea...As Bandi's characters both fear and sling accusations, the title takes on piercing gravitas for readers." ( Booklist)

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Be Aware this is seven separate stories.

I enjoyed this book very much. However, I had difficulty following it until I realized that it is not a novel, but a collection of short stories. Each story will conclude with a date, indicating the date that story was completed. I am not a scholar, I work in health care. Yet I am fascinated with trying to learn what goes on in closed societies. It is a passion of mine. I believe North Korea is the most closed society on earth. It’s a conundrum to me because they have magazines and rail systems, yet because of ongoing shortages, people do not get enough calories and are forced to eat barely edible wild plants.

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life changing<br />

be thankful for what you have. people have it so much worse. you can feel their desperation

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insight into North Korea worthy of a listen

insight into North Korea worthy of a listen. a work of fiction written by a dissident still in North Korea.