Kim Il-sung bibliography

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Kim Il-sung bibliography
Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung
Plays 2
Total number of works 10,800
Autobiography 8
Complete Works 100
Collected Works 50
Selected Works 15

Kim Il-sung (15 April 1912 – 8 July 1994) was the leader of North Korea for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994.

According to North Korean sources, the works of Kim Il-sung amount to approximately 10,800 speeches, reports, books, treatises and other types of works.[1] North Korean sources say that publishing houses in 110 countries have published works of Kim Il-sung in translations in some 60 languages.[2]

Kim Il-sung's works are published and republished in countless collections.[3] These include the 100-volume Complete Works of Kim Il-sung (chŏnjip),[4] the 50-volume Collected Works (chŏjakchip) and the 15-volume Selected Works (sŏnjip).[5] In North Korea, his works are published by the Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House.[6]

The English editions, published by the Foreign Languages Publishing House, as Kim Il-sung Works, Kim Il-sung Selected Works, and Kim Il-sung Complete Works have reached volume 50, eight, and four, respectively.[7] Volumes 12 and 25 of Kim Il-sung Works [7][8] and volume seven of Selected Works were never published in English.[7]

Different editions have played a significant role in the propagation of the Juche idea. In 1960, the second edition of a collection of Kim Il-sung's speeches was published. It included Kim's speech On Eliminating Dogmatism and Formalism and Establishing Juche in Ideological Work, which was not considered an important work at the time. After the publication, American scholars translated the speech into English and left the word "Juche" untranslated. According to B.R. Myers, this marked the begin of the recognition of Juche as a distinct ideology.[9]

According to B.R. Myers, Kim Il-sung's cult of personality was consciously trying to match that of Mao Zedong. Thus when Mao was renowned for his poetry, the North Koreans matched this with claiming that Kim Il-sung had written plays during the anti-Japanese struggle of the 1930s.[10] Two plays that were allegedly written by Kim Il-sung are The Sea of Blood[11] and The Flower Girl.[12] Nonetheless, Kim Il-sung also wrote poems,[13][14] such as one called "Brightest Star", written in 1992 to congratulate Kim Jong-il on behalf of the latter's birthday.[13] Kim Il-sung also wrote song lyrics.[15]

With the Century, Kim Il-sung's eight-volume autobiography written shortly before his death, is his most popular work among North Korean readership.[3] The exact number of works attributed to Kim Il-sung that are actually written by him is unclear.


Year Title Text
1946 On the establishment of the Workers' Party of North Korea and the question of founding the Workers' Party of South Korea [1]
1955 On Eliminating Dogmatism and Formalism and Establishing Juche in Ideological Work [2]
1964 Theses on the Socialist Rural Question in Our Country
1971 Answers to the Questions Raised by the Iraqi Journalists' Delegation [3]
1986 For the Development of the Non-Aligned Movement [4]
1991 For a Free and a Peaceful New World [5]
1993 10 Point Programme for the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country [6]
1993 With the Century [7]

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  1. ^ "6. Immortal classical works written by President Kim Il Sung". Naenara. May 2008. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  2. ^ "7. Over 110 Countries Published President Kim Il Sung's Classic Works in Their National Languages". July 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b Lim 2015, p. 28.
  4. ^ ""Complete Collection of Kim Il Sung's Works" Off Press". KCNA. January 18, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ Ruediger Frank (October 22, 2013). "The North Korean Tablet Computer Samjiyon: Hardware, Software and Resources — A 38 North Product Review by Ruediger Frank" (PDF). 38 North. p. 15. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Yonhap News Agency, Seoul (27 December 2002). North Korea Handbook. M.E. Sharpe. p. 424. ISBN 978-0-7656-3523-5. 
  7. ^ a b c Korea Publications Exchange Association catalogue (PDF). Korea Publications Exchange Association. 2011. pp. 8–23. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Complete Works". Archived from the original on 2016-05-29. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  9. ^ O'Carroll, Chad; Myers, B.R. (2013). Interview with B.R. Myers: pt. 1, "North Korea's Juche Myth". SoundCloud. NK News. Event occurs at 20:30-26:00. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  10. ^ Myers, B.R. (February 11, 2010). Book Discussion on The Cleanest Race. Event occurs at 4:20-5:00. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  11. ^ Schönherr 2012, p. 46.
  12. ^ Schönherr 2012, p. 49.
  13. ^ a b Lim 2015, p. 95.
  14. ^ Hokkanen, Jouni (2013). Pohjois-Korea: Siperiasta itään [North Korea: East of Siberia] (in Finnish). Helsinki: Johnny Kniga. p. 216. ISBN 978-951-0-39946-0. 
  15. ^ "Song lyrics by President Kim Il Sung". Archived from the original on 2016-02-21. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 

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