First-Ever Book by Dissenter Inside North Korea Makes Waves

First-Ever Book by Dissenter Inside North Korea Makes Waves

  No one knows who Bandi—the pen name belonging to author of “The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea”—really is. However, their decision to write honestly and crushingly about life in the hermit kingdom is delighting both human rights advocates and literature lovers, while also raising some uncomfortable questions about the validity of literature written by current or former citizens of the nation.   “The Accusation”, a short-story collection, has no protagonists. Yet each of the 7 stories are characterized by a growing sense of despair and disillusionment, as its characters realize just how much their government has manipulated and …