Suki Kim’s first novel, The Interpreter, has just been published. (February 2003)

IN THE REVIEW

A Visit to North Korea

The Ministry of Railways’ painting of a train that Kim Jong Il once rode in; he was said to have died on a train while traveling tirelessly to oversee the well-being of his people (Kimjongilia Exhibition, 2002)
On February 16, 2002, the sixtieth birthday of the Great Leader Kim Jong Il, I was standing in front of a group of Workers’ Party leaders in Pyongyang, singing a South Korean protest song called “Morning Dew.” It was a strange situation for a fiction writer from New York’s East Village who is neither a political activist nor an entertainer.