Suki Kim

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Suki Kim is the author of the award-winning novel The Interpreter and the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Open Society fellowships. She has been traveling to North Korea as a journalist since 2002, and her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, and the New York Review of Books. Born and raised in Seoul, she lives in New York.

Her debut novel The Interpreter is a murder mystery about a young Korean American woman, Suzy Park, living in New York City and searching for answers as to why her shopkeeper parents were murdered. Kim took a short term job as an interpreter in New York City when working on the novel to look into the life of an interpreter. The book received positive critic reviews and was named a ru
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Suki Kim I cannot speak for all North Koreans, but I loved my students. They were innocent, respectful, polite, funny, adorable, and absolutely sincere. I had…moreI cannot speak for all North Koreans, but I loved my students. They were innocent, respectful, polite, funny, adorable, and absolutely sincere. I had never met college students that age be that pure and naive in some sense.(less)
Suki Kim I think North Korea is just too tightly controlled. There is simply no communication between people allowed. No real way for any information to travel…moreI think North Korea is just too tightly controlled. There is simply no communication between people allowed. No real way for any information to travel freely. The cult of the Great Leader is also more like a cult than a political system, enslaving its own people psychologically, intellectually and emotionally, and it's been in place for decades, and the ancient history of Koreans' absolute filial piety for their kings for centuries also plays a factor here. Also Soviet Union who had helped hold that system in tact fell, which then caused a whole lot of other problems. So it is impossible to compare their system to those of the other countries. (less)
Average rating: 3.86 · 14,842 ratings · 1,965 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Without You, There Is No Us...

3.89 avg rating — 13,834 ratings — published 2014 — 20 editions
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The Interpreter

3.55 avg rating — 1,008 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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On the subject of "lover"

Since some readers have questions about the "lover" inclusion, I wanted to address it here. The book is "literary nonfiction". For straightforward facts and figures on North Korea, you can look up the UN's latest report on their human rights violations or those books by news reporters or the transcripts of defector testimonies. This book, however, mixes political reporting with narrative lyrici... Read more of this blog post »
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Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
"In a concentrated effort to waste more of my own time, when I really enjoy a book I like to read fewer-starred reviews to see what people are complaining about. For the most part, the criticism seems to reflect the personality of the critic: The T..." Read more of this review »
Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
"Brilliantly written. Really pulls you into the story. Ms. Kim has a remarkable way of exposing the complexity of the situations and people. The narrative feels factual and emotional at the same time. Thank you for sharing your story. "
Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim
"Note: I received this book for free from the Goodreads Giveaway program.

This is the kind of book you don’t start when you have an end of semester paper due. Maybe I have some bias, because I have yet to find a book about life in North Korea that I..." Read more of this review »
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“Sometimes the longer you are inside a prison, the harder it is to fathom what is possible beyond its walls.”
Suki Kim, Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

“TIME THERE SEEMED TO PASS DIFFERENTLY. WHEN YOU ARE shut off from the world, every day is exactly the same as the one before. This sameness has a way of wearing down your soul until you become nothing but a breathing, toiling, consuming thing that awakes to the sun and sleeps at the dawning of the dark. The emptiness runs deep, deeper with each slowing day, and you become increasingly invisible and inconsequential. That’s how I felt at times, a tiny insect circling itself, only to continue, and continue. There, in that relentless vacuum, nothing moved. No news came in or out. No phone calls to or from anyone.”
Suki Kim, Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

“How quickly we became prisoners, how quickly we gave up our freedom, how quickly we tolerated the loss of that freedom, like a child being abused, in silence.”
Suki Kim, Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

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“What gives journalism its authenticity and vitality is the tension between the subject's blind self absorption and the journalist's skepticism. Journalists who swallow the subject's account whole and publish it are not journalists but publicists.”
Janet Malcolm, The Journalist and the Murderer




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