Jang Jin-sung worked as a senior writer for the Korean Workers’ Party and earned special recognition from the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il for his poetry. In 2004, he defected to South Korea. He has published widely in South Korea and represented North Korea at the Cultural Olympiad in London in 2012. His memoir Dear Leader (Simon & Schuster) was published in 2014.

Pieces by Jang Jin-Sung

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