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Nothing To Envy - Real Lives In North Korea (Paperback): Barbara Demick Nothing To Envy - Real Lives In North Korea (Paperback)
Barbara Demick 1
R238 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R69 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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.

Nothing to Envy - Ordinary Lives in North Korea (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition): Barbara Demick Nothing to Envy - Ordinary Lives in North Korea (MP3 format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Barbara Demick; Narrated by Karen White
R434 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R93 (21%) Special order

Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy" follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years--a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today--an Orwellian world in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, a country that is by choice not connected to the Internet, a society in which outward displays of affection are punished, and a police state that rewards informants and where an offhanded remark can send a citizen to the gulag for life.
Demick's subjects--a middle-aged party loyalist and her rebellious daughter, an idealistic female doctor, an orphan, and two young lovers--all hail from the same provincial city in the farthest-flung northern reaches of the country. One by one, we witness the moments of revelation, when each realizes that they have been betrayed by the Fatherland and that their suffering is not a global condition but is uniquely theirs.
"Nothing to Envy" is the first book about North Korea to go deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and penetrate the mind-set of the average citizen. It is a groundbreaking and essential addition to the literature of totalitarianism.

Nothing to Envy - Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Barbara Demick Nothing to Envy - Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Barbara Demick; Narrated by Karen White
R609 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R141 (23%) Special order

Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy" follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years--a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today--an Orwellian world in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, a country that is by choice not connected to the Internet, a society in which outward displays of affection are punished, and a police state that rewards informants and where an offhanded remark can send a citizen to the gulag for life.
Demick's subjects--a middle-aged party loyalist and her rebellious daughter, an idealistic female doctor, an orphan, and two young lovers--all hail from the same provincial city in the farthest-flung northern reaches of the country. One by one, we witness the moments of revelation, when each realizes that they have been betrayed by the Fatherland and that their suffering is not a global condition but is uniquely theirs.
"Nothing to Envy" is the first book about North Korea to go deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and penetrate the mind-set of the average citizen. It is a groundbreaking and essential addition to the literature of totalitarianism.

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