North Korea Journal (Hardback)Michael Palin (author)
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Sending the nation’s nicest man into a top secret surveillance state proves an inspired move, as the former Python turned explorer teases out revelations and trivia from his thoroughly charmed escorts. Probably the fullest and most enlightening account of the Stalinist society we are ever likely to get, North Korea Journal brings Palin’s piercing insight and flair for empathy to the fore.
The book behind the Channel 5 documentary - a glimpse of life inside the world's most secretive country, as told by Britain's best-loved travel writer.
In May 2018, former Monty Python stalwart, author and intrepid globetrotter Michael Palin spent two weeks in the notoriously secretive Democratic People's Republic of Korea, a cut-off land without internet or phone signal, where the countryside has barely moved beyond a centuries-old peasant economy, but where the cities have gleaming skyscrapers and luxurious underground train stations.
His resulting documentary for Channel 5 was widely acclaimed. Now he shares his day-by-day diary of his visit, in which he describes not only what he saw - and his fleeting views of what the authorities didn't want him to see - but recounts the conversations he had with the country's inhabitants, talks candidly about his encounters with officialdom, and records his musings about a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited - one that inspires fascination and fear in equal measure.
Written with Palin's trademark warmth and wit, and illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, the journal offers a rare insight into the North Korea behind the headlines.
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 587 g
Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 22 mm