The Accusation - Forbidden...
Global media coverage upon hardcover publication, including reviews in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Vice, CNN, Words Without Borders, Booklist (starred review), BBC World Service, Guardian, and Globe & Mail.
In celebration of the international publication of The Accusation, a group of publishers and writers from several nations gathered for a well-publicized reading at the "Bridge of Freedom" near the Korean peninsula's Demilitarized Zone. The event was featured on CNN.
This is the first time that a piece of fiction has come out of North Korea. There have been many memoirs and a handful of propaganda novels, but this is the first literary work. Bandi has a unique position as a dissident still living in the country.
Winner of a PEN Translates Award
Translated by Deborah Smith, 2016 winner of the Man Booker International Prize for Han Kang's The Vegetarian.
The book's acquisition was the subject of a piece in the Guardian, shared 7000 times on social media. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/12/short-story-collection-smuggled-out-of-north-korea-global-interest-bandi
Set during the Kim Jong-Il regime, the stories explore daily life in North Korea, from the struggles of a mother trying to protect her son, who throws a tantrum during a political rally, to a wife's impossible decisions as to how to feed her husband during a famine.
With North Korea a frequent feature of the news cycle, there is a huge appetite for books about the secretive country. Breakthrough bestsellers include Blaine Harden's Escape from Camp 14, Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy, and Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son.