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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (2004)

by Guy Delisle

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    Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick (lorax)
    lorax: Pyongyang is an outsider's view of the one part of the country where foreigners are generally permitted; Nothing to Envy is an inside look at ordinary life elsewhere in the country where the situation is even grimmer.
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    Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle (2810michael)
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    Shenzhen: A Travelogue From China by Guy Delisle (Ashles)
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    Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle (Serviette)
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    Carnet De Voyage by Craig Thompson (BasKoeln)
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While graphic novels are not normally my thing I enjoyed this look inside North Korea. ( )
  Jaylia3 | Oct 15, 2014 |
Either this book wasn't as good as some of Guy Delisle's other travel comix or they just all begin to feel the same after one has read several of them. Then again, part of Guy's difficulty in conveying his North Korean experience must have rested in the fact that (1) he couldn't do much other than visit regime-approved sights; and (2) for the most part, he couldn't talk to any North Koreans other than his guide and translator. As a result, the available subject matter is limited. ( )
  S.D. | Jul 29, 2014 |
As someone with an avid interest in the politics of the two Koreas of the 20th century, and now the 21st as well, this graphic novel about one man's work in an animation studio in the capital of North Korea was a great and detailed read. The frustration of the author at the attitudes of those who he felt were clearly being taken for a ride is empathetic, but his observations of a very different world also provoke thought and contemplation.

A really fine memoir/graphic novel/documentation of a strange job in a strange place. ( )
  marthaearly | Jun 6, 2014 |
A French animator spends 2 months in Pyongyang and draws a memoir of his stay there, providing an interesting view of this totalitarian nation. ( )
  cameling | Dec 22, 2013 |
63. Pyongyang : A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle (2003, 176 pages, read Dec 6-7)
Translated from French by Helge Dascher

The coverage of on North Korea is limited, but it's still Delisle. This is chronicle of a period of time Delisle spent in Pyongyang as some kind of adviser to an animation studio. In his own way he brings an entertaining color to everyone he describes, whether other foreigners, his indecipherable and always present Korean guides, or the very young accordion players on the cover whose strain to play and keep their perfect smiles is painfully visible and symbolic. The problem is that he isn't able to go anywhere so he doesn't actually see North Korea...or even much of Pyongyang. ( )
  dchaikin | Dec 16, 2013 |
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I appreciated seeing such a personal view of a country I’ll never visit. I love comics that can expand my boundaries this way.
Delisle's evocative pencil drawings are suited to depicting a colourless, twilight world in which the state is all, with his rudimentary characters inhabiting vast and much more detailed architectural environments. Less well drawn are the inner lives of Pyongyang's citizens.
added by stephmo | editThe Guardian, David Thompson (Oct 15, 2006)
North Korea is a country suffering in more ways than the author makes note of and I’m sure any reader could surmise this from his account, but rather than mine the heart of this suffering, Delisle achieves the literary equivalent of hiding a paraplegic’s wheelchair.
So while Pyongyang reads like cartoonist Craig Thompson’s breezy and introspective European travel diary, Carnet de Voyage, its content dictates that it be filed beside political artist Joe Sacco’s hard-hitting, from-the-trenches graphic novels about Sarajevo and Palestine – minus the first-hand accounts of violence, drama, and abject poverty. Because while a city can’t cry for help, maybe the odd cartoonist can act as a proxy.
This is a graphic novel so well crafted that the text begins to work as secondary illustration: propaganda begins to flow freely from each cell, like the canned music and broadcast exhortations that trail into the 15th floor hotel rooms; a small frame exchange between Delisle and his handlers perfectly sets up a full-page illustration of the dialogue’s own irony.
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In 2001, French-Canadian cartoonist Delisle traveled to North Korea on a work visa to supervise the animation of a children's cartoon show for two months. While there, he got a rare chance to observe firsthand one of the last remaining totalitarian Communist societies. He also got crappy ice cream, a barrage of propaganda and a chance to fly paper airplanes out of his 15th-floor hotel window. Combining a gift for anecdote and an ear for absurd dialogue, Delisle's retelling of his adventures makes a gently humorous counterpoint to the daily news stories about the axis of evil, a Lost in Translation for the Communist world. Delisle shifts between accounts of his work as an animator and life as a visitor in a country where all foreigners take up only two floors of a 50-story hotel. Delisle's simple but expressive art works well with his account, humanizing the few North Koreans he gets to know (including "Comrade Guide" and "Comrade Translator"), and facilitating digressions into North Korean history and various bizarre happenings involving brandy and bear cubs. Pyongyang will appeal to multiple audiences: current events buffs, Persepolis fans and those who just love a good yarn.
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One of the few Westerners granted access to North Korea documents his observations of the secretive society in this graphic travelogue that depicts the cultural alienation, boredom, and desires of ordinary North Koreans.

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