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The Escape of North Korea’s Poet Laureate

By posted at 3:00 pm on June 6, 2014 0

For years, Jang Jin Sung traveled within Kim Jong-il’s inner circle. As North Korea’s official poet laureate, he was tasked with “writing epic poems for [the] dictator … and overseeing inter-Korean espionage.” But in 2004, fearing a charge of treason, Sung fled the country, becoming one of the nation’s most high-profile defectors. Recently, Sung – who just published his memoirspoke with Maclean’s about his life, his escape, and literature.





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