London, United Kingdom–(Newsfile Corp. – March 9, 2023) – Duckworth Books is proud to announce the retail release of “Black Girl from Pyongyang,” by Monica Macias, published by Duckworth Books. E-book and hardback formats will be available on March 10th
Black Girl from Pyongyang
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MONICA MACIAS, the youngest daughter of Francisco Macias, the first president of Equatorial Guinea following its independence from colonial Spanish rule, was brought up and educated in North Korea. She has lived and worked in several countries around the world, including Spain, New York, South Korea, and now resides in London. She has a Masters degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS. “Black Girl from Pyongyang” is her first book to be published in English, and she will be the subject of a forthcoming documentary film.
The book tells the extraordinary true story of a West African girl’s upbringing in North Korea under the protection of President Kim Il Sung. In 1979, at the age of seven, Monica Macias was transplanted from West Africa to the unfamiliar surroundings of North Korea. She was sent by her father to be educated under the guardianship of his ally, Kim Il Sung. Within months, her father was executed in a military coup, and her mother became unreachable. Effectively orphaned, she and her two siblings had to make their life in Pyongyang. At military boarding school, Monica learned to mix with older children, speak fluent Korean, and handle weapons on training exercises.
After university, she went in search of her roots, passing through Beijing, Seoul, Madrid, Guinea, New York, and finally London. At every step, she was forced to reckon with damning perceptions of her adoptive homeland. Optimistic yet unflinching, Monica’s astonishing and unique story challenges us to see the world through different eyes. “Black Girl from Pyongyang” is an evocative memoir of a remarkable childhood followed by a decades-long search around the globe for her identity and the truth about her father. But beyond that, it is a stunning treatise on politics, power, and culture.
The “Black Girl from Pyongyang” publication date is 10th March, 2023 at Stanfords bookshop in London, and is also available for readers on Amazon.
For further information, please contact:
Name: Monica Macias
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 020 7701 4723 / Mobile: +44 07785 276093
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