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#1. Stories are factual ... If a man and his story are in conflict it is the man who must change ... In America it is the man who matters not the story. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#2. Do you feel for the man hungry enough to steal?" Commander Ga asked as they drove by. "Or for the men who must hunt him down?"
"Isn't it the bird who suffers?" Sun Moon asked. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#3. But people do things to survive, and then after they survive, they can't live with what they've done. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#4. That's what they say," Jun Do said. "But people do things to survive, and then after they survive, they can't live with what they've done." The - Author: Adam Johnson
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#5. All the lessons you need to learn in life, he said, will be taught to you by your enemy. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#6. Was it this image of the woman she once was that made her fingers tremble? Or did she feel for this man in her bed who'd quietly started weeping for reasons she didn't understand? - Author: Adam Johnson
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#7. Since I sleep fully clothed, I'm able to answer right away. By sleeping with your clothes on, you don't need to climb under the sheets. You don't need to disturb a perfectly made bed or even fold the bed back into the couch. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#8. The next day, she was silent. For breakfast, she murdered an onion and served it raw. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#9. The inmates keep their distance and do what inmates always seem to do: affirm and reassure, make the future seem doable. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#10. Today, tomorrow," she said. "A day is nothing. A day is just a match you strike after the ten thousand matches before it have gone out. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#11. Inside, I'm assaulted by the evening propaganda broadcasts coming over the apartment's hardwired loudspeaker. There's one in every apartment and factory floor in Pyongyang - Author: Adam Johnson
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#12. The key to fighting in the dark was no different: you had to perceive your opponent, sense him, and never use your imagination. The darkness inside your head is something your imagination fills with stories that have nothing to do with the real darkness around you. From - Author: Adam Johnson
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#13. Mayoimashita. Can you help me find my cat? - Watashi - Author: Adam Johnson
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#14. What was it about English speakers that allowed them to talk into transmitters as if the sky were a diary? - Author: Adam Johnson
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#15. Eyes - There is a greater love, one that from the lowest places calls us high. Yes, - Author: Adam Johnson
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#16. Real stories like this, human ones, could get you sent to prison, and it didn't matter what they were about. It didn't matter if the story was about an old woman or a squid attack - if it diverted emotion from the Dear Leader, it was dangerous. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#17. Acts of heroism are easy - becoming a hero is a bitch. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#18. You can't leave me. I'm your captive," she said. "What good's a captive without her captor? - Author: Adam Johnson
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#19. Nonc is on his side, looking at a boy whose breathing is untroubled for all he's been through, though there's a lack of shine in his eyes, as if the little light in him might someday go out. His breath is clean and perfect, though, sweet-smelling. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#20. Do you think the Dear Leader's line should be read 'Love knows no replacement,' as if it's unthinkable to search for a substitute for love, or 'Love knows no replacement,' suggesting that love is sentient and is itself at a loss to comprehend its absence? - Author: Adam Johnson
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#21. For an entire populace, change, growth, and spontaneity were dangerous. Acting upon a personal desire, whispering a hidden longing, revealing your true feelings - all the human actions we think of as essential to a character - had be censored by the self lest they be punished by the state. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#22. Orphans are the only ones who get to choose their fathers, and they love them twice as much. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#23. The Respect for Elders Retirement Home on Moranbong Street. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#24. An ending to my story," he said. "My story's ended ten times already, and yet it never stops. The end keeps coming for me, and yet it takes everyone else. Orphans, friends, commanding officers, I outlast them all. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#25. You know what you are?" she said. "You're a survivor who has nothing to live for. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#26. They're for exercise, I think." "I've heard that," the old man said. "That Americans do pointless labor for fun. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#27. I'd known that the visit would be highly scripted and that genuine interactions with citizens wouldn't be possible, since it's illegal for them to speak with foreigners. Still, I'd thought I'd had a unique look at North Korea, only to discover I was wrong. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#28. Cancer is the worst way for a fictional wife to die. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#29. I know this," the Second Mate said. "A sexy girl thinks she can do anything. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#30. It's called a gui-tar. It's used to perform American rural music. It's said to be especially popular in Texas, " he told her. "It's also the instrument of choice for playing 'the blues,' which is a form of American music that chronicles the pain caused by poor decision making. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#31. Had she never been hungry enough to eat a flower? Did she not know that you could eat daisies, daylilies, pansies, and marigolds? That hungry enough, a person could consume the bright faces of violas, even the stems of dandelions and the bitter hips of roses? - Author: Adam Johnson
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#32. If only more people in life said, This is what I must have. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#33. I'd always felt safe behind locked doors, but locks, I discovered, only locked you in. I - Author: Adam Johnson
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#34. Ga thought of how difficult it was to come to see the lies you told yourself, the ones that allowed you to function and move forward. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#35. Are there labor camps here?" he asked.
"No," she said.
"Mandatory marriages, forced-criticism sessions, loudspeaker?"
She shook her head.
"Then I'm not sure I could ever feel free here," he said. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#36. that feeling of being alone and together at the same time. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#37. The things that make us human: freedom, art, choice, identity, expression, love. And - Author: Adam Johnson
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#38. You can barely make out the heavy wooden block of the contortion seat. I run my hands along it's contours, the wood grain smooth and polished from human flesh. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#39. literature is a fiction that tells a deeper truth, - Author: Adam Johnson
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#40. Aren't our lives a collision of the comic and the uncertain and the terrifying and the mundane? - Author: Adam Johnson
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#41. There is a talk that every father has with his son in which he brings the child to understand that there are ways we must act, things we must say, but inside, we are still us, we are family. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#42. Inside is where the son and the father will always be holding hands. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#43. Developments can happen right in front of you like that, you don't even see them. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#44. Sun Moon offered her Juche to him, and he gave her all he had of Songun policy. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#45. be the only one left. I'll bet I'm the - Author: Adam Johnson
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#46. What happened?" Buc asked him. "I told her the truth about something," Ga answered. "You've got to stop doing that," Buc said. "It's bad for people's health. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#47. I am a champion standing over the shadow of my former self. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#48. for me. "I'm sorry that I let you - Author: Adam Johnson
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#49. Trauma narratives are hallmarked by fragmentation, broken chronology, changing perspectives, shifts in tone, and absented moments. I - Author: Adam Johnson
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#50. Christian talk, when said in a non-Christian way, scares these Southerners to death. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#51. The only way to shake your ghosts was to find them ... - Author: Adam Johnson
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#52. Even they couldn't dream of a world in which citizens voluntarily carried tracking devices, conducted self-surveillance and reported on - Author: Adam Johnson
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#53. Graffiti, citizens, is the name for the way capitalists deface their public buildings. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#54. Old women look all innocent and goody-two-shoes, but then they level some all-knowing eyes on your ass. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#55. He had been the person who took. He'd been the one who was taken. And he'd been the one left behind. Next he would find out what it was like to be all three at once. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#56. only a book could be written to help the average citizen penetrate and understand a dream's mysteries. Officially, the government took no position on what occurred while its citizens were asleep, but isn't something of the dreamer to be found in his dream? And - Author: Adam Johnson
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#57. In this way, you'll live forever. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#58. All this information," I say. "Yet the world is more mysterious than ever. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#59. Ga thought about reminding the Dear Leader that they lived in a land where people had been trained to accept any reality presented to them. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#60. CITIZENS, we bring good news! In your kitchens, in your offices, on your factory floors - wherever you hear this broadcast, turn up the volume! The first success we have to report is that our Grass into Meat Campaign is a complete - Author: Adam Johnson
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#61. She lives in the apartment complex next door and has two daughters, a music blog and a committed relationship with alcohol. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#62. It wasn't that I didn't know anyone's phone number - I didn't - it was that only at this moment did I realize I had no one to call. There wasn't a woman, a colleague, or even a relative that I had to contact. Didn't I have a single friend? - Author: Adam Johnson
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#63. He'd spent his life with orphans, he understood their special plight, so he didn't hate them like most people did. He just wasn't one of them. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#64. If you keep your eyes closed, your mind will show you all kinds of crazy movies ... But with your eyes open, all you had to face was the nothingness of what you were really doing. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#65. The longer the night, the shorter the morning - Author: Adam Johnson
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#66. Nonc's pretty okay with the man's death, but the notion that he'll never get dressed again, that he's to die in a gown, seems strange and impossible. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#67. This feeling of being in proximity to something that's lost to you, it seems like my whole life right now. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#68. Jun Do held the book, felt its soft cover. "I could read some with you," she said. "Do you know of Christ?" Jun Do nodded. "I've been briefed on him. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#69. Certainly a rope and pulley would have worked best. But not everybody around here went to Kim Il Sung University. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#70. She's read every word I've written," he said. "That's the truest way to know someone's heart. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#71. A good story feels both surprising and inevitable, fresh and familiar. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#72. There are those who are born, those who are made, and then there are ones like this guy, the kind who choose. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#73. But the Americans ruin everything with cheese. They make it out of animal milk. Americans put it on everything - on their eggs at breakfast, on their noodles, they melt it on ground meat. They say Americans smell like butter, but no, it is cheese. With heat, it becomes an orange liquid. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#74. This was the face that Ga had shown the world, that of a boy who had swallowed the things that had happened to him, but who wouldn't understand what they meant for a long, long time. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#75. Use your imagination only on the future, never on the present or the past. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#76. To face the waves. They got battered while Officer So pull-started the motor. When the four of them were in and headed toward open water, - Author: Adam Johnson
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#77. Imagine a world in which no writer has written a literary novel in sixty years. Imagine a place where not a single person has read a book that is truly about the character at its center. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#78. Jun Do was thinking about all the popular definitions of love, that it was a pair of bare hands clasping an ember to keep it alive, that it was a pearl that shines forever, even in the belly of the eel that eats the oyster, that love was a bear that feeds you honey from its claws. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#79. Sometimes the boys from Propaganda will nose around for a feel-good story to play to the citizens over the loudspeakers, but we're story takers, not storytellers. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#80. In my experience, ghosts are made up only of the living, people you know are out there but are forever out of range - Author: Adam Johnson
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#81. The truth is, though, that you don't need to die to know what it's like to be a ghost. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#82. . . . nobody every taught you loyalty . . . - Author: Adam Johnson
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#83. It's true. In America, you can reinvent yourself at any turn. And, you know, if things aren't going well for you in life, everyone says, change, become someone different. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#84. Gruesome that nobody wants to go near it. Then you slip away." "But the Canning Master's family, - Author: Adam Johnson
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#85. [I]n communism, you'd threaten a dog into compliance, while in capitalism, obedience is obtained through bribes. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#86. A day is nothing. A day is just a match you strike after the ten thousand matches before it have gone out." He - Author: Adam Johnson
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#87. The death of dictator Kim Jong-Il has cast all eyes on North Korea, a country without literature or freedom or truth. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#88. The wound of not knowing," Ga said to her. "That's the one that never heals." The - Author: Adam Johnson
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#89. we do not need sight to see what you have become. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#90. I thought that, with so much current attention focused on the topic of North Korea, I might share what I think are three books which cast a rare light on the elusive realm of North Korea. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#91. I do not need to recall the past," I say. "I am certain of what it was. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#92. In a gesture of socialist support, the Dear Leader placed his hand upon her. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#93. That's how he'd thought of most people - appearing in your life like foundlings on the doorstep, only to be swept away later as if by flood . - Author: Adam Johnson
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#94. Son draws comics of Mongolian invasions and the Civil Rights Movement - - Author: Adam Johnson
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#95. The reader feels as if he is in Chongjin, where starving people ate the bark off trees; or atop Mount Taesong with the elite of Pyongyang, whose existence is a mix of sadism and whimsy; or with the masses who are bombarded day and night with the propaganda of North Korea's alternate reality. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#96. A name isn't a person,' Ga said. 'Don't ever remember someone by their name. To keep someone alive, you put them inside you, you put their face on your heart. Then, no matter where you are, they're always with you because they're a part of you. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#97. The urge to create a fictional narrative is a mysterious one, and when an idea comes, the writer's sense of what a story wants to be is only vaguely visible through the penumbra of inspiration. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#98. I know it really sounds cheesy, but I did feel a duty to try to tell the stories of people who couldn't speak for themselves. - Author: Adam Johnson
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#99. The darkness inside your head is something your imagination fills with stories that have nothing to do with the real darkness around you. - Author: Adam Johnson
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