Nothing to Envy : Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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An eye-accounting account of life within North Korea-a closed world of growing global importance–welcomed as a “tour de force of meticulous work of the declaration” (The New York Review of Books) NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NATIONAL BOOK AWARD of the NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST In this terminal more to the literature of the totalDemick brings to life what it means to live in the most repressive conditions of today’s regime, an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where affection demonstrations are punished, informers are rewarded, and a left hand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.It takes us deep inside the country, beyond the scope of government of censors, and through meticulous and reportage we see its fall subjects in love, founding a family, nurturing ambitions, and fighting for survival.One by one, we have witness to their profound life-changing disillusionment with the government and their fulfillment, which, rather than providing it with the life of abundance, their country has betrayed them.Praise for Nothing to envy “Provocationoffers many proofs of the author’s deep knowledge of this country, while keeping his devotion firmly focused on individual stories and the man of details.”–The New York Times “Deeply movingPersonal stories are linked with romance detail”The Wall Street Journal,”A tour de force of meticulous reporting work”–The New York Review of Books” Excellent “humanizes an oppressed person, who has suffered for a long time from people whose lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad.”San Francisco Chronicle “The narrow limits of our knowledge have radically expanded with the publication of Rien
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