A Journey in North Korea

Book - 2005
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A westerner's visit into North Korea, told in the form of a graphic novel.

Famously referred to as one of the "Axis of Evil" countries, North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today. In early 2001 cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few Westerners to be allowed access to the fortresslike country. While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa for a French film animation company, Delisle observed what he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered; his findingsform the basis of this remarkable graphic novel. Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country.

Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2005
ISBN: 9781896597898
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVELS PYO
Characteristics: 176 p. :,ill. ;,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.

Mark_Daly 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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