[Chosun] Senior Defector’s Memoir Sells out

A memoir by Thae Yong-ho, the former No. 2 man in the North Korean Embassy in London and now a vocal critic of the regime, is selling like hot cakes after a highly publicized launch in the National Assembly.

All 10,000 copies of the first print run sold out in the four days since its release on Monday.

Korea’s largest bookstore Kyobo Book Center alone sold 3,250 copies — 600 on Monday, 750 on Tuesday, and 1,250 on Wednesday, when North Korea canceled high-level talks over remarks by Thae at the launch.

“We’re still getting orders from major bookstores across the country,” said Park Eun-hye of publisher Guiparang. “We’re going to print another 20,000 copies.”

Some customer apparently believe they should get a hold of the book before it is banned since North Korea seems determined to pressure Seoul into muzzling Thae.

In the book, Thae describes how his family defected to South Korea and assesses the personality of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who he claims will never give up his nuclear weapons.

Source: By Lee Haan-su, Kwak Aram Chosun