Pyongyang : A Journey in North Korea

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 157.48 x 218.44 x 12.7mm | 294.83g
  • New York
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1897299214
  • 9781897299210
  • 35,374

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"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"
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Rating details

14,868 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 30% (4,402)
4 41% (6,170)
3 22% (3,335)
2 5% (740)
1 1% (221)

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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 more
by Marko Maric
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