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Kim Jong-il's Sushi Chef

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Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi North Korea is a mythically strange land, an Absurdistan, where almost nothing is known about the people or, more important, their missile-launching leaders. There is, however, one man—a humble sushi chef from Japan—who infiltrated the inner sanctum, becoming the Dear Leader's cook, confidant, and court jester. What is life like serving Kim Jong-il and his heir? A strange and dangerous gig where the food and drink never stop, the girls are all virgins, and you're never really safe. We sent Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson to meet the man who survived all the craziness

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The sushi chef was leaving his apartment when he noticed the stranger outside. He could tell by the man's suit—black and badly made—that he was North Korean. Right away, the chef was nervous. Even in his midsixties, the chef is a formidable man: He has thick shoulders, a broad chest; the rings on his strong hands would one day have to be cut off. But he'd long since quit wearing his bulletproof vest, and the last time a North Korean made the journey to visit him in Japan, a decade ago, he was there to kill him.

The chef's name, an alias, is Kenji Fujimoto, and for eleven years he was Kim Jong-il's personal chef, court jester, and sidekick. He had seen the palaces, ridden the white stallions, smoked the Cuban cigars, and watched as, one by one, the people around him disappeared. It was part of Fujimoto's job to fly North Korean jets around the world to procure dinner-party ingredients—to Iran for caviar, Tokyo for fish, or Denmark for beer. It was Fujimoto who flew to France to supply the Dear Leader's yearly $700,000 cognac habit. And when the Dear Leader craved McDonald's, it was Fujimoto who was dispatched to Beijing for an order of Big Macs to go. (...)

Há muito tempo que não lia algo tão interessante, é longo mas vale apena: link

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Continua a partilhar estes artigos, Pablo :y:

Já consegui ler o artigo todo.. Fenomenal.

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Surreal! Só um gajo com bastantes parafusos a menos é que conseguia ter assim uma história para contar!

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Pablo e afins...se calhar justificava haver um tópico chamado artigos de interesse onde constariam este e por exemplo o artigo de transplante facial também.

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Não percebeste. Sugeri isso porque gosto dos artigos e acho que poderiam merecer um tópico de destaque onde fosse mais fácil aceder futuramente.

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Acho que até nem é má ideia, concentrar tudo num tópico.

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