First edition (French)
(publ. Michel Lafon Publishing)
|Author||Hyok Kang with Philippe Grangereau|
|Translator||Shaun Whiteside (English)|
July 5, 2007 (United States)
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and paperback)|
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The book was originally published in France in 2004, with the title "Ici, C'est Le Paradis!: Une enfance en Coree du Nord".
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