Comrades and Strangers: Behind the Closed Doors of North Korea by
Call Number: DS 932 H37 2004
Publication Date: 2004 (hoboken, NJ; Chichester, West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons)
In 1986 Michael Harrold, a young graduate in Britain, answered an ad to work as an English translator for the Foreign Languages Publishing House. For seven years he lived in Pyongyang "enjoying privileged access to the ruling classes and enjoying the confidence of the country's young elite. In this fascinating insight into the culture of North Korea he describes the hospitality of his hosts, falling in love,... and many of the fascinating characters he met, from South Korean and American GI defectors to his Korean minder and socialite friends. After seven years and having been caught passing South Korean music tapes to friends and going out without his minder to places forbidden to foreigners, he was asked to leave the country."