This Pulitzer-prize winning novel is a chilling insight into the Marxist regime in North Korea. Although a novel, it is grounded in extensive research, including accounts of those who escaped the terrifying cruelty of the dictatorship created by the Kim dynasty. No one could write a non-fiction equivalent because the control exercised over every person and institution by the regime in Pyongyang makes normal research of the facts of this prison-like nation impossible. As with all Marxist ideologies, the ruling Juche doctrine sounds pretty good on paper. The reality is a perpetual nightmare.