A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through binoculars at the border village of the Panmunjom. Photo: AP

What first short stories smuggled out of North Korea say about life in the hermit state, and their challenges for a translator

The Accusation, written under a pseudonym and set at a time when Kim Il-sung ruled, lays bare the inner lives of ordinary people in extraordinary times, and in a dialect rich in colour and linguistic challenges

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A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through binoculars at the border village of the Panmunjom. Photo: AP
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