Quick Notes 


  • Memoir
  • An account of the struggle in the 1960s in a socialist North Korean government. 
  • The bitter truth about suffering in North Korea.   

    “A truthful, dark account of reality in North Korea. “


A River in Darkness

A memoir full of twists and turns

Although less than two hundred pages, A River of Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa takes you on the tortuous path of a North Korean. From Ishikawa’s hope at the beginning to his despair for his family. Dealing with propaganda, bullying, sickness, and death, Masaji shows courage and strength. He uses his wits alone to escape this terrible place, his only goal was how to survive another day. I recommend this book to everyone,  because it displays so many deep emotions, and honestly, one of the best memoirs I have ever read. 



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