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Twenty-six years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labor camp is a 'complete control district,' a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life. Inmates work 12 to 15-hour days in the camp mining coal, building dams, sewing military uniforms until they are executed, killed in work-related accidents or die of illness that is usually triggered by hunger. No one born in Camp 14 or in any North Korean political prison camp has escaped. No one except Shin. This is his story. A gripping, terrifying memoir with a searing sense of place, ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 will unlock, through Shin, a dark and secret nation, taking readers to a place they have never before been allowed to go.
Horrific story of life in a N Korean 'gulag': the prisoner in question was not even a 'criminal' but had been born there, his parents in a kind of arranged marriage as a reward for... Read morePublished 13 days ago by sally tarbox
This book really tugs at your heart strings, it's a really strong, powerful story. Came quickly, in sensible packaging.Published 27 days ago by Miss Walton
Riveting read, an insight into the horrors of the North Korean state.Published 1 month ago by Anne Marsh
It is very well wittten and the story seems surreal! I really recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Dalia vera Cobos
It was later uncovered that much of his story was fabricated or exaggerated (no doubt due to skewed social skills from the genuinely terrible things he went through) but it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by steven deans
Really good, insightful book, although the truth of some of the scenes have been questioned in more recent years. It's a real eye opener.Published 2 months ago by lepcla