Northern Spy Lifts Cloak on Koreas’ Deadly Rivalry – NYTimes.com

A spy novel that is real– in the form of a literary memoir by Kim Dong-sik–makes for an incredible read with insights into the black hole of North Korean society:

“I wrote the memoir so that my sons will read it when they get old enough to understand who their father was,” he said. “Sometimes I think my life was like a movie. I wish it had been just that.”

via Northern Spy Lifts Cloak on Koreas’ Deadly Rivalry – NYTimes.com.

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One thought on “Northern Spy Lifts Cloak on Koreas’ Deadly Rivalry – NYTimes.com

  1. oliviaronna says:

    I think it is unfortunate that we glorify the life of an intelligence officer, and that so many people assume that every officer lives a life like James Bond, and that they have super-ninja skills. In reality, from every story I have heard, including this one, their lives seem to be a constant struggle to just stay alive and always living in fear. In this article, Mr. Kim says that he was not happy to be alive because his family would have to suffer because he chose to live. Is this the type of lifestyle that sounds like fun? Spies and soldiers have to go through extremely tough circumstances, but we never really hear/can understand them. I just hope that we can better understand that the lives of intelligence officers are rough and that they lose a lot in order to help their countries.

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