Pyongyang

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Jonathan Cape, 2006 - Comic books, strips, etc - 184 pages
310 Reviews

Famously referred to as part of the 'Axis-of-Evil', North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today. A series of manmade and natural catastrophes have also left it one of the poorest. When the fortress-like country recently opened the door a crack to foreign investment, cartoonist Guy Delisle found himself in its capital Pyongyang on a work visa for a French film animation company, becoming one of the few Westerners to witness current conditions in the surreal showcase city.

Armed with a smuggled radio and a copy of 1984, Delisle could only explore Pyongyang and its countryside while chaperoned by his translator and a guide. But among the statues, portraits and propaganda of leaders Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong-Il - the world's only Communist dynasty - Delisle was able to observe more than was intended of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered.

His astute and wry musings on life in the austere and grim regime form the basis of this remarkable graphic novel. Pyongyang is an informative, personal and accessible look at an enigmatic country.

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A wonderful read, full of humor and insight. - Goodreads
The illustrations were amazing. - Goodreads
The pace was great which left only a few dull moments. - Goodreads
This was a fascinating introduction. - Goodreads
Art and writing are both somewhat whimsical. - Goodreads
By that I mean I loved the drawing style and the font.) - Goodreads

Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

User Review  - Jaycob - Goodreads

It's a fascinating look at North Korea, given that Delisle's drawings provide an interesting look at a country where so much is off-limits to photography. However, in points throughout, he goes about ... Read full review

Review: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

User Review  - Roger K. - Goodreads

Pyongyang is a great, fast read about a fascinating, awful world. Guy Delisle is able to capture the absurdity, repression, and dullness of his time in North Korea working as an animator. It is a ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Guy Delisle was born in Quebec City in 1966 and has spent the last decade living and working in France. He has written and drawn five graphic novels including Shenzhen, an account of his travels to China.

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