Kimjongilia by Victor Fox


Victor Fox

This is a world of deceit, lies, idealism, commitment, self-serving, death, murder, invasion, resistance and sex - China and Korea from the Japanese invasion of the 1930s onwards. With Kim-il-Sung as one of the central characters, this is not sweetness and light. But you will want some people to survive. And it leaves you with a question: how did Chin Ho turn into the nice old man who has written the story down? Unless it's not Chin Ho ...


He collapsed in a chair. 'I thought instead of sending Peter to give her the news about your pregnancy I should have gone myself. I got to her house and knocked, but the door wasn't closed. I knew something was wrong. She would never leave it open. I ran in. She was on the couch. I thought she was sleeping, so I called out, but she didn't move. When I drew near, her eyes were wide open - she was dead.'

  • The Limits of the World by Andrew Raymond Drennan
  • The King by Kader Abdolah
  • 1984 by George Orwell

Books with similar mood

The Warehouse

Rob Hart

The Lost City

Henry Shukman

Girls of Paper and Fire

Natasha Ngan

The Tryst

Monique Roffey

All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders

The Hellhound Sample

Charles Shaar Murray

The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi

Killing Time

Caleb Carr

Finbar's Hotel

Dermot Bolger

The Woman at 1,000 Degrees

Hallgrímur Helgason

Dancing With Statues

Caroline Doherty de Novoa


Dirk Wittenborn

Pandora's Star

Peter F Hamilton

Tango for a Torturer

Daniel Chavarria


Eduardo Sguiglia

The Earthquake Bird

Susanna Jones

Night of the Wolf

Alice Borchardt

An Orchestra of Minorities

Chigozie Obioma

The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow

Danny Denton

The Silent Boy

Andrew Taylor

The Meat Tree

Gwyneth Lewis

Spilt Milk

Kopano Matlwa

The Hungry Ghosts

Anne Berry

Empress Orchid

Anchee Min

The Visitor

Sheri S Tepper


Sarah Waters

Desiring Cairo

Louisa Young

A Clash of Kings

George R R Martin

The Last Friend

Tahar Ben Jelloun

The Defections

Hannah Michell

The Mermaid

Christina Henry

The Ice

Laline Paull

Children of Earth and Sky

Guy Gavriel Kay

Signal to Noise

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Good Liar

Nicholas Searle

The Golem and the Djinni

Helene Wecker

The Drowning

Camilla Lackberg

My Friend Jesus Christ

Lars Husum

The Shape of Water

Andrea Camilleri

Girl in a Garden

Lesley Chamberlain

The Love Artist

Jane Alison

The Executioner's Art

David Fine

The Remainder

Alia Trabucco Zerán

The Water Cure

Sophie Mackintosh

The Gospel According to Cane

Courttia Newland

It's Fine By Me

Per Petterson

Madame Mephisto

A M Bakalar

As Far As You Can Go

Lesley Glaister

Skin Deep

Jacqueline Jacques