Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

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Spiegel & Grau, 2010 - Social Science - 316 pages
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A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy is a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens
 
Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them.
  

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Review: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

User Review  - Caroline - Goodreads

North and South Korea at night Marvellous. I would say a must read. This book has several threads.... Firstly it discusses the general idiosyncrasies of life in North Korea under the guru gaze of Kim ... Read full review

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User Review  - Louisa - Goodreads

If you are wanting to know about what goes on inside of North Korea, Barbara Demick, an American journalist has written an insightful and informative book that allows the reader to step inside the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
36
Section 4
57
Section 5
74
Section 6
90
Section 7
103
Section 8
117
Section 13
185
Section 14
198
Section 15
211
Section 16
221
Section 17
234
Section 18
243
Section 19
256
Section 20
267

Section 9
133
Section 10
147
Section 11
160
Section 12
174
Section 21
285
Section 22
300
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About the author (2010)

Barbara Demick is the Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times. Her reporting on North Korea won the Overseas Press Club's award for human rights reporting as well as awards from the Asia Society and the American Academy of Diplomacy. Her coverage of Sarajevo for The Philadelphia Inquirer won the George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Her previous book is Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood.


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