By Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot
North Korea is at the present time one of many final bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have saved a decent take hold of on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent competition events and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal focus camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the 1st survivor of 1 of those camps to flee and inform his tale to the area, documenting the extraordinary stipulations in those gulags and delivering a private perception into existence in North Korea. half horror tale, half ancient record, half memoir, half political tract, this checklist of 1 man's discomfort provides eyewitness evidence to an ongoing sorrowful bankruptcy of recent history.</Div>
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Lutfi, writing about the tears in the eyes of his character, compares his tearful eyes with the full-flowing river Jayl;un (that is, the Amu Darya): The comparison here is, without doubt, hyperbolic, but it is characteristic of medieval lyric poetry. Therefore, in my opinion, those investigators who consider the method of these poets non-realistic, or more precisely, romantic, are correct. In the prevailing idealistic outlook the progressive romantic artistic method dominated among leading poets and facilitated the development of the literature, and the exaltment of life-affirming ideas and of humanism.
1 (Moscow, 1986), pp. 161-162. 2 Miihrnud Kashgariy, Devanu lugat it-turk, I (Tashkent, 1960), p. 66. ~ 62 Kuchkartaev In addition may be cited words referring to secular literature and its varieties: kavi ("poem," "epos"), qosug ("verse," "poem"), qos(fig. ilto compose verses or songs"), taziit- ("to compose verses"). The majority of these words encountered in written monuments of the Qarakhanid period: ol yi"r qosdr ("he has written verses"), bu tarkcii qosuglar taziittim siingii ("I have written these Turkic verses for you").
This shows that conventionality and allegory have a significant place in the tradition of artistic representation in Uzbek poetry. It should be added that one more distinctive feature in the style of progressive romantic poetry is the skillful combination of the predominant elevated style with a realistic one. For example, when Nava'l is describing his native Khurasan, he does so not abstractly, but in a real and concrete fashion. Some scholars consider that in approaching the method of medieval Uzbek literature it is proper to refer to a "romantic tendency.
Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot