Pyongyang: A Journey To North Korea

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When the fortress-like country of North Korea recently opened the door a crack to foreign investment, cartoonist Guy Delisle found himself in its capital of 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.


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Armed with a smuggled radio and a copy of 1984, Delisle could only explore Pyongyang and its countryside in the company of 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, timely, and accessible look at an enigmatic country.

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Author Guy Delisle
Publisher Drawn & Quarterly
Page Count 184pp
Publication Size 6 x 8.25
Publication Notes softcover, b/w
Publication Date October 17, 2007
ISBN 978-1897299210

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