Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (Paperback)
  • Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (Paperback)

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (Paperback)

1 Review Sign in to write a review
Paperback 192 Pages
Published: 05/10/2006
  • 5+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

Famously referred to as part of the 'Axis-of-Evil', North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today. A series of manmade and natural catastrophes have also left it one of the poorest.

When the fortress-like country recently opened the door a crack to foreign investment, cartoonist Guy Delisle found himself in its capital Pyongyang on a work visa for a French film animation company, becoming one of the few Westerners to witness current conditions in the surreal showcase city.

Armed with a smuggled radio and a copy of 1984, Delisle could only explore Pyongyang and its countryside while chaperoned by his translator and a guide. But among the statues, portraits and propaganda of leaders Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong-Il - the world's only Communist dynasty - Delisle was able to observe more than was intended of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered.

His astute and wry musings on life in the austere and grim regime form the basis of this remarkable graphic novel. Pyongyang is an informative, personal and accessible look at an enigmatic country.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780224079907
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 214 x 152 x 16 mm


Delisle has drawn an unforgettable picture of Pyongyang - Time

Combining a gift for anecdote and an ear for absurd dialogue, Delisle's retelling of his adventures makes a gently humorous counterpoint to the daily news stories about the axis of evil, a Lost in Translation for the Communist world. Delisle's simple but expressive art works well with his account, humanizing the few North Koreans he gets to know and facilitating digressions into North Korean history and various bizarre happenings involving brandy and bear cubs. Pyongyang will appeal to multiple audiences: current events buffs, Persepolis fans and those who just love a good yarn - Publishers Weekly

News coverage from North Korea is scant - the regime of the world's last true totalitarian state is not exactly welcoming to foreign journalists. But a new graphic novel gives a rare, tragicomic, glimpse into everyday life in the drabbest of world capitals - Independent

The reigning king of the graphic travel memoir... Delisle's curiosity and amusement at the country's bizarre relationship with foreign visitors is equally funny and fascinating - Guardian, Top 10 Funny Comic Books*

You may also be interested in...

Preacher Book One
Added to basket
Batman: The Long Halloween
Added to basket
Lumberjanes Vol. 1
Added to basket
Secret Invasion
Added to basket
From Hell
Added to basket
Soul Eater, Vol. 2
Added to basket
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Added to basket
Batman: A Death in the Family
Added to basket
The Art of Spirited Away
Added to basket
Black Butler, Vol. 2
Added to basket


In this book the chilling Hermit Kingdom gets a sequential art makeover. It is lacking in depth to be fair but it easily makes up for that by just being a glimpse into the DPRK full stop. It is something that is... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 44

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum