Pyongyang: A Journey in North KoreaPaperback
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- Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 218mm x 13mm | 295g
- Publication date: 1 May 2007
- ISBN 10: 1897299214
- ISBN 13: 9781897299210
- Sales rank: 7,587
In 2001, cartoonist Guy Delisle lived in the capital of North Korea for two months on a work visa for a French film company. In this remarkable graphic novel, Delisle recorded what he was able to see of the culture and lives of one of the last remaining totalitarian communist societies.
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By Marko Maric 23 Feb 2012
I really enjoyed this book, it presented an even account of North Korea as seen by and told by one man, not a political bureau. The art style is unique but enjoyable, and the book is well-written. Overall, a recommended read for anybody interested in North Korea or slightly quirky, sometimes funny, well-written non-fiction comics.
"Guy Delisle is a wry 37-year-old French Canadian cartoonist whose work for a French animation studio requires him to oversee production at various Pacific Rim studios on the grim frontiers of free trade. His employer puts him up for months at a time in 'cold and soulless' hotel rooms where he suffers the usual maladies of the long-term boarder: cultural and linguistic alienation, boredom, and cravings for Western food and real coffee. Delisle depicts these sojourns into the heart of isolation in [the] brilliant 'graphic novel' . . . "Pyongyang."" --"Foreign Affairs"