Suki Kim, author of the amazing novel The Interpreter, is publishing a new book about time spent teaching English to North Korean college students, sons of the elite, in Pyongyang:

“In her book, Kim provides a long list of rules that she was required follow while living in the North.

‘Living in Pyongyang is like living in a fishbowl. Everything you say and do will be watched. Even your dorm room might not be secure. They could go through your things. If you keep a journal, and if you say something in it that is not complimentary, please do not leave it in your room. Even in your room, whatever you say could be recorded. Just get in the habit of not saying everything that is on your mind, not criticizing the government and things of that sort, so you won’t slip,’ she writes.

Kim said she often jotted down notes for her book and recorded them later using a computer. However, she never left any data on her computer’s hard drive and kept everything on a USB stick.”

The Interpreter is a dark story of life falling apart for Korean immigrants to New York City.

Amazon doesn’t seem to have a page up yet for the new memoir, but I’m excited for it.

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