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Pyongyang by Guy Delisle
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Feb 24, 08

bookshelves: literary_graphic_novels, 2008
Read in February, 2008

This was one of the funniest and saddest graphic novels I've read. There's something both absurd and strangely fitting about the fact that cartoon animation is one of the few "thriving" industries in North Korea. One thing that's obvious from Pyongyang is that there is a constant proliferation of images upon images upon images. It's like the harder things become for North Koreans, the more images the regime creates. I've never quite understood that quality of dictatorship and the place even the most absurd propaganda seems to hold within it. It's laughable on the one hand, yet extremely depressing on the other when one thinks of the suffering of the people who must live in such conditions.

This was a very different but interesting read. I think I'll be looking out for more of Mr. Deslisle's stuff.
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