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The Interview: Life of North Korean Author Paek Namnyong

The Interview: Life of North Korean Author Paek Namnyong The Interview: Li fe of North Korean Author Paek Namnyong Immanuel Kim I visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from August 8 to August 15 , 2015. I requested to interview the Kim Il-Sung Literary award-win­ ning novelist, Paek Narnnyong. I sent a set of interview questions to my contact agency in North Korea. The agency approved of my questions and issued me a visa. I was scheduled to meet Paek Narnnyong for one day, but we ended up meet­ ing two additional days. When I met the writer, he handed me an envelope that contained his written responses, which were over sixty-five pages. The agency had passed on my interview questions to the writer prior to my arrival. The inter­ view below is Paek Narnnyong's written answers along with conversations I had with him during the three days we spent together. North Korean literature is still seen as only a propaganda tool to glorify the na­ tion's leaders, the Party, and the political ideology. The writers of such literature are also perceived as mouthpieces of the state's directives. The purpose of the interview was to find out more about the personal life of a best-selling North http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

The Interview: Life of North Korean Author Paek Namnyong

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 21 (1) – Mar 16, 2016

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Copyright © 2016 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
eISSN
2158-1665
DOI
10.1353/jks.2016.0000
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The Interview: Li fe of North Korean Author Paek Namnyong Immanuel Kim I visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from August 8 to August 15 , 2015. I requested to interview the Kim Il-Sung Literary award-win­ ning novelist, Paek Narnnyong. I sent a set of interview questions to my contact agency in North Korea. The agency approved of my questions and issued me a visa. I was scheduled to meet Paek Narnnyong for one day, but we ended up meet­ ing two additional days. When I met the writer, he handed me an envelope that contained his written responses, which were over sixty-five pages. The agency had passed on my interview questions to the writer prior to my arrival. The inter­ view below is Paek Narnnyong's written answers along with conversations I had with him during the three days we spent together. North Korean literature is still seen as only a propaganda tool to glorify the na­ tion's leaders, the Party, and the political ideology. The writers of such literature are also perceived as mouthpieces of the state's directives. The purpose of the interview was to find out more about the personal life of a best-selling North

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Published: Mar 16, 2016

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