Nothing to Envy
Title Nothing to Envy PDF eBook
Author Barbara Demick
Publisher Random House
Pages 338
Release 2009-12-29
Genre Social Science
ISBN 0385529619

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An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea—a closed world of increasing global importance—hailed as a “tour de force of meticulous reporting” (The New York Review of Books), with a new afterword that revisits these stories—and North Korea more broadly—in 2022, in the wake of the pandemic NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them. Praise for Nothing to Envy “Provocative . . . offers extensive evidence of the author’s deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details.”—The New York Times “Deeply moving . . . The personal stories are related with novelistic detail.”—The Wall Street Journal “A tour de force of meticulous reporting.”—The New York Review of Books “Excellent . . . humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad.”—San Francisco Chronicle “The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Nothing to Envy. . . . Elegantly structured and written, [it] is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction.”—John Delury, Slate “At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer



Nothing to Envy
Title Nothing to Envy PDF eBook
Author Barbara Demick
Publisher
Pages 314
Release 2009
Genre History
ISBN 9780385523905

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Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.



Nothing to Envy
Title Nothing to Envy PDF eBook
Author Barbara Demick
Publisher Granta
Pages 336
Release 2010-06-10
Genre History
ISBN 1847083374

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WINNER OF THE BBC SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2010 A spectacularly revealing and harrowing portrait of ordinary lives in the world's least ordinary country, North Korea 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, and Nothing to Envy - winner of the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction - 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
Title Nothing to Envy PDF eBook
Author Barbara Dernick
Publisher
Pages
Release 2010
Genre Book clubs (Discussion groups)
ISBN

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This book follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years. This chaotic period, saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population. It illustrates what it is like to live under a totalitarian regime.



Nothing to Envy
Title Nothing to Envy PDF eBook
Author Barbara Demick
Publisher
Pages 314
Release 2010
Genre Korea (North)
ISBN 9780732286613

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North Korea, run by a mad dictator, is cut off from the rest of the world, unknown and unknowable. But North Korea is also a place where ordinary people live, dream and learn to survive. Demick draws a powerful portrait of a bizzare society and the very real lives it affects.



Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Title Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea PDF eBook
Author Demick, Barbara
Publisher
Pages 0
Release 2023-10-05
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9786263105355

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Traditional Chinese edition of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea



Nothing to Envy
Title Nothing to Envy PDF eBook
Author Barbara Demick
Publisher Fourth Estate
Pages 314
Release 2012
Genre Korea (North)
ISBN 9780732292843

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WINNER OF THE 2010 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION What if the world imagined by George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-four was real? What if everything around you was black and white except for the red letters on propaganda signs? Where spies like Orwell's Thought Police studied your facial expressions during political rallies to make sure you were sincere in your expressions and your thoughts? If you couldn't turn the dials of your radio away from the government station? In fact, there is such a place: North Korea, the only country not connected to the Internet by choice. Ruled over by a dictator, visible only in carefully controlled images, it's a mysterious, even sinister country. But it's also a place where 22 million people live, work, and dream of a different life. Journalist Barbara Demick spent a decade covering North Korea's strange politics and regulations. Then one day she met a young woman defector, Mi-ran, who told her about growing up there; about the cinema she used to go to when the country still had electricity, and about the teenage romance which blossomed there. Through Mi-ran's story Demick glimpsed another, more human side of North Korea.In Nothing to Envy, Demick re-traces the life of Mi-ran and of five other North Koreans, taking us into the heart of an elusive society. We see her subjects fall in love, nurture ambitions, and struggle with survival and betrayal. Their stories form a haunting portrait of a bizarre society and the cost it exacts on its citizens.