North of the DMZ: Essays on Daily Life in North Korea

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"Book describes the difficult but determined existence that North Koreans have created for themselves in the face of oppression. The book introduces the political system and the extent to which it permeates citizens' daily lives; discusses the schools, the economic system, and family life; treats the changes that have taken place in North Korea over the last decade"--Provided by publisher.Describes the difficult but determined existence that North Koreans have created for themselves in the face of oppression, introducing the political system, schools, economic system, and the changes that have taken place in North Korea over the last decade.

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Andrei Lankov is a senior lecturer at the Australian National University.

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"if anything is missing here, it's probably not worth knowing...well written, comprehensive and relevatory...valuable"--School Library Journal; "deserves ongoing mention and recommendation as a powerful survey...must have this rare insider's look at the North Korean psyche"--Midwest Book Review; "we are obliged to Lankov for this insight...Lankov is one of the most illuminating North Korea watchers around...uniquely perceptive...especially good on the details of everyday life"--The New York Review of Books; "offers an intriguing and informative peek into North Korea through the lens of daily life"--Pacific Affairs; "valuable...a detailed description of North Korean life...one of the best guides to the daily life of North Koreans available in English"--Korean Quarterly.

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