Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea (Paperback)
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Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 08/07/2010
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Demick’s endlessly illuminating peek behind the Stalinist curtain of North Korea interweaves six defectors’ compelling stories to build a rounded and authentic picture of daily life inside the Democratic People’s Republic. Structured with sensitivity and poise, Nothing to Envy is a triumphant work of socio-political journalism.   

Updated in 2014 with a new epilogue.

If you look at satellite photographs of the far east by night, you’ll see a large splotch curiously lacking in light. This area of darkness is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea… It is baffling how a nation of 23 million people can appear as vacant as the oceans. North Korea is simply a blank.

North Korea is Orwell's 1984 made reality: it is the only country in the world not connected to the internet; Gone with the Wind is a dangerous, banned book; during political rallies, spies study your expression to check your sincerity.

After the death of the country's great leader Kim Il Sung in 1994, famine descended: people stumbled over dead bodies in the street and ate tree bark to survive. Nothing to Envy weaves together the stories of adversity and resilience of six residents of Chongin, North Korea's third largest city. From extensive interviews and with tenacious investigative work, Barbara Demick has recreated the concerns, culture and lifestyles of North Korean citizens in a gripping narrative, and vividly reconstructed the inner workings of this extraordinary and secretive country.

‘Weaving together the accounts of six North Korean defectors, the American journalist Barbara Demick has created a fascinating portrait’ – The Guardian

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847081414
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 237 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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“Important work”

In this, the latest winner of the Samuel Johnson prize, Demick grants us an insightful and very human look into the mystery and desolation that is modern day North Korea. Enlightening, at times heartbreaking, this... More

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“Journalism at its Best.”

A truely gripping read, 'Nothing to Envy' left me shocked, intrigued and baffled as to how alienated North Korea actually is. Following the stories of six Chongin citizens, it is impossible to leave behind... More

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“Grim but compelling”

North Korea has been a closed society since the end of the Korean war, And whilst South Korea has gone from a dictatorship in the 1970’s to a full democracy now, North Korea has maintained its position as a... More

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