Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983 during South Korea’s Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protestors. With fellow students disappearing for hours and returning with bruises, Hyun Sook sought refuge in the comfort of books. In Banned Book Club, Hyun Sook shares a dramatic true story of political division, fear-mongering, anti-intellectualism, the death of democratic institutions, and the relentless rebellion of reading.
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