Pyongyang by Guy Delisle
A Journey in North Korea

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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 findings form the basis of this remarkable graphic novel. Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country.
 

About Guy Delisle

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Guy Delisle spent a decade working in animation in Europe and Asia. His 2012 book, Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, won the highest prize in European cartooning, the Fauve d’Or, at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. He lives Montpellier, in the south of France, with his wife and children.
 
Published September 1, 2005 by Drawn and Quarterly. 184 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The true story of French animator Delisle's two-month gig in North Korea.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 o

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The Guardian

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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle Jonathan Cape £12.99, pp184 Comic-book memoirs of life in dangerous locations have become a minor genre.

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The Guardian

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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle 176pp, Jonathan Cape, £12.99 Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle 148pp, Jonathan Cape, £14.99 These two graphic memoirs, written and drawn several years apart but published simultaneously in the UK, are variations of the same scenario.

Dec 23 2006 | Read Full Review of Pyongyang: A Journey in North...

The Economist

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Here the central character is a Pyongyang police officer, the likeable Inspector O, who knows that in North Korea mysteries are never solved, just absorbed into larger mysteries.

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AV Club

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Guy Delisle's graphic novel offers a rare peek at life within Kim Jong-Il's North Korea.

Sep 07 2005 | Read Full Review of Pyongyang: A Journey in North...

Entertainment Weekly

Dispatched to the North Korean capital to supervise cheap-labor animators, artist Guy Delisle recounts his incredible two-month stay in the notorious Hermit Kingdom.

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Oct 15 2005 | Read Full Review of Pyongyang: A Journey in North...

The Bookbag

I know in my heart of hearts a lot of North Korea is western propaganda, but I am equally sure too there is a lot about the country that is true - the armoured trains of Kim Jong-Il travelling past millions of undesirables in abject poverty (it's stated here that millions of people rely on half t...

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Zimbio

After asking to see Pyongyang's railway station and being told it was not possible, curiosity got the better of Delisle and one weekend he leaves the hotel alone, without a guide and walks to the railway station -only to find it to be a regular railway station.

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