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Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea (Paperback)
  • Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea (Paperback)

Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 08/07/2010
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Updated in 2014 with a new epilogue. 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.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847081414

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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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25th July 2014
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“Fascinating and terrifying”

This book was such an amazing insight into the bizarre world of North Korea. I thought it would be more like a series of case studies, but the way it's written really plays out like a story, and is incredibly... More

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6th March 2013
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“Gripping and informative”

I never knew much about North Korea until I read this book, other than it was pretty grim. Barbara Demick tells her story through the lives of those who eventually left. You really get to know the people involved, the... More

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4th January 2013
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