A Journey in North Korea

Book - 2005
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Voted "Best of" by CBC Radio One's "Talking Books," the American Library Association and timely than ever, Guy Delisle's acclaimed Pyongyang is a glimpse into one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today: North Korea. Pyongyang is a graphical record of the time cartoonist Guy Delisle spent working as an animator in Pyongyang, becoming one of the few Westerners to witness current conditions in the surreal showcase city."The memoir is topical, coming at a time when interest in the goings-on behind the last remaining panel of the Iron Curtain is high. [...] The episodes are smart, sharply observed and funny, without downplaying the untold horrors (death camps, starvation) that lurk around every corner." (Globe and Mail)"Tinged with black humour, ...[Pyongyang] offers a perspective no straight-up print journalism could." (National Post)
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781897299210
Branch Call Number: 741.5 De
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Dascher, Helge 1965-


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Mayflower94 Apr 03, 2017

A westerner’s peek into the hermit kingdom of North Korea.

Jan 26, 2017

Enjoyable read. The author gets to experience working and living in North Korea, often accompanied by his guide and translator. He is able to interact with several out-of-country foreigners like himself, so he is not as isolated as he was in China. Recommended.

Oct 01, 2015

Great! I love this author, I will read all his books!

Sep 18, 2014

Less eventful than Chronicles of Jerusalem. I believe this was an earlier book. Pyongyang feels like much lighter fare but it is still interesting to read. My only objection are the dreary drawings. I know it is supposed to be a dreary world but do we need all that charcoal?

Jul 22, 2014

This is a truly valuable and rare glimpse into North Korea. That it is done with such humour is just genius.

Oct 30, 2013

North Korea remains the most closed off country in the world, but French-Candian comic artist/writer Guy Delisle went there for work and illustrated his experiences with wit, nuance and generosity. His most recent book is about Jerusalem.

Sep 04, 2013

In contrast to his other travel books, there's no chance of relaxed interaction with the locals, so DeLisle is left to his own ruminations. He highlights the absurdities of life under a totalizing dictatorship, but politely stops short of grasping hold of anything real under the show that's put on for outsiders. As a result, the book feels sterile, empty, aimless.

debwalker Jun 05, 2011

"Like the best observational writing, Pyongyang is simultaneously a work of non-fiction and a fish-out-of-water story. It's cartoonish style allows for an entire extra level of play to both document the artist's escapades and comment on his circumstances. Delisle's greytone style is captivatingly simple, rendering people as abstract caricatures (himself appearing as bit of a beak-nosed Fred Flintstone) and reserving careful detail for inanimate objects - buildings, clothes, buses, guns, etc."
Gary Butler
Quill & Quire

sit_walk Feb 01, 2010

This was Delisle's first graphic novel in English and it's a great travelogue-- better even than his Burma book (which was also really good in its balance of the big picture and everyday details).

May 29, 2007

A glimpse into modern North Korea by a French animator who worked there for two months under such strict observation that he was reminded of Orwell's 1984.


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