October 13, 2015 12:55
The Guardian of the U.K. on Friday printed an extract from a dystopian Korean novel set five years after a fictional reunification.
"Private Life of a Nation" by Lee Eung-jun imagines a reunified Korea of police tyranny and organized crime with a desperately struggling North Korean underclass.
The book was recently translated into English.
The paper said that according to Lee, North Korea's nuclear program "is not the biggest danger facing the divided peninsula. He is more worried about what will happen when the Kim Jong-un regime collapses and the countries are reunited."
The Guardian also sought to interview other South Korean novelists to discuss the issue of reunification, but was unsuccessful.
"Let's say it is understandable that ordinary people don’t want to talk about it, but this is a problem at the political and administrative level, with structural problems in that the government is not ready either," Lee told the paper.
"We need to know what to do when we are living next to each other."
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