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Bamboo and Blood

An Inspector O Novel

by James Church

Bamboo and Blood
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2008, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 2010, 304 pages

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North Korea
James Church paints a grim picture of what life is like and how a government agency functions within North Korea. It is a picture in bold contrast to the one portrayed by the official website of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPR). The ideals, as stated by Kim Il-Sung, predecessor to current leader Kim Jong Il, are that, "the superior organism always help [sic] the inferior one. The superior always assist [sic] the subordinates and he goes always to the working areas to understand the real situation and take [sic] the correct measures to solve the problems; he gives preference to the political work, to the people's work in all the activities, and improves the enthusiasm and the creative initiative of the masses to accomplish the revolutionary tasks." One would be hard pressed to recognize these principles in either the accounts of the fictional Inspector O or in the picture of North Korea obtained through current media reports.

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