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Eyes of the Tailless Animals

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Eyes of the Tailless Animals: Prison Memoirs of a North Korean Woman (Korean: 꼬리 없는 짐승들의 눈빛) is a 1999 book that recounts the experiences of former North Korean political prison survivor and refugee Lee Soon-ok. The title acknowledges the author's view that she and other prisoners were treated like animals. Lee’s story was published in South Korea in 1996 in the original Korean. Whilst a Korean speaker indigenous to Pyongyang sounds antiquated in Seoul (without anglicisms and using a romanization system from 1937, instead of 2000), the two dialects are mutually intelligible. Her story was subsequently translated into English and published in the United States in 1999. Lee has also testified about the North Korean human rights situation before the United States Congress, and advocated the case of Christians in North Korea, who receive especially vicious treatment. There is a high proportion of Protestants in the dictatorship's chief enemy, South Korea.
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date of publication: 1999

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