Critical Response to "Jia: A Novel of North Korea" Introduction Jia: A Novel of North Korea, was written by Korean author Hyejin Kim, was published by Cleis Press in 2007, and describes the experiences of a young orphan woman named Jia as she escapes political persecution in North Korea. The courageous protagonist of this compelling novel faces many hardships and challenges along the way, not only because of the repressive government, but also because of the reluctance of many of the people she encounters to help her as she struggles to survive and reach a better place. Kim’s novel provides a realistic and memorable account of life in North Korea and of the hardships experienced by North Korean refugees in China, for Jia is loosely based...The end:
.....rth Korea and of the hardships experienced by North Korean refugees in China, for the fictional character Jia is loosely based on a woman Kim once knew and the story is based upon actual events and experiences. This enhances the realism and believability of the story, and makes the suffering depicted in the story even more poignant, for the suffering of the North Korean people is very real, they are being victimized by the dehumanizing impact of totalitarianism and repression and are trapped in nightmare world of poverty and hopelessness. Sources Kay, Eva. “Review of Jia: A Novel of North Korea.” Online. Available: http:// www.curledup.com/jianovel.htm. 11 December 2009. Kim, Hyejin. Jia: A Novel of North Korea. New York: Cleis Press, 2007.