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The few dozen tourists—and a few journalists—who come annually to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang are accompanied by guides and are only allowed to see what the regime blinders for their viewing. For the visitors, actors often represent pedestrians, and the consumer goods seen in stores are unavailable to the public at large. The statistics heaped upon the visitors a ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Feral House
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Max Renn
Jan 25, 2010 Max Renn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: conservative drug addicts, sim city players, film students, party cadres
a postmodern coffee table book in miniature. the authors' premise is that kim jong il is a frustrated film maker using his position of absolute power to run the country of north korea as a 'map is the territory' film set for his own amusement. it may sound farfetched but the introduction by christian kracht actually has me mostly convinced.

i think the assertions that carried the most weight are the alleged facts that pink floyd is kim jong il's favorite band and that north korea is deep into met
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A little too clever with juxtaposing the images with text from Kim Jong Il, but the images are compelling and definitely worth checking out.
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Eva Munz, Christian Kracht, and Lukas Nikol traveled to this land to take pictures of a country from which there are no pictures.
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Christian Kracht is a Swiss writer and journalist.
Kracht was born in Saanen. His father, Christian Kracht Sr., was chief representative for the Axel Springer publishing company in the 1960s. Kracht attended Schule Schloss Salem in Baden and Lakefield College School in Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, New York, in 1989.
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