Im Dienst des Diktators: English Translation [3]

Chapter 4 of North Korean defector Kim Jong Ryul’s memoir is entitled “Im Wunderbare DDR [In the Marvelous German Democratic Republic],” and is probably in fact the most fascinating chapter in the book. ¬†Continuing now with the translation from Im Dienst des Diktators (previous episodes can be accessed here): Chapter 4 “In the Marvelous German Democratic Republic” Shrill and loud, the merchant on the train … Continue reading Im Dienst des Diktators: English Translation [3]

Im Dienst des Diktators: Translation [2] — The Korean War Years

Having now read a bit more than half of the new memoir/expose by former North Korean arms dealer Kim Jong Ryul, I wanted to share a few more thoughts about the book and translate another portion of the text. Although the book is getting attention for its detailed description of DPRK purchases in Vienna and the German-speaking world, not so many Anglophone commentators seem to … Continue reading Im Dienst des Diktators: Translation [2] — The Korean War Years

Im Dienst des Diktators: English Translation [1]

Not long ago, a new high-profile North Korean defector emerged with a tell-all memoir of intrigue in Vienna and Austria, which was covered on this blog via an exclusive translation of an interview with the author.¬† Unfortunately, so far as I know, no plans exist to render this memoir — a new (and potentially vital) source of information — into English.¬† Thus I am pleased … Continue reading Im Dienst des Diktators: English Translation [1]