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Pyongyang by Guy Delisle
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May 30, 2012

it was amazing
Recommended to Heather by: Dana Bertermann
Recommended for: Travelers, observers

Canadians get to go everywhere we Americans don't. My friend Jessie recently traveled to Cuba, and Guy Delisle, the author of Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea traveled to North Korea on a business trip for two months. Then he wrote a graphic novel about it, published by Drawn and Quarterly.

What's it like on the inside of an vehemently insular country—a place where all outsiders must be accompanied by official guides nearly all the time? The book follows Delisle's time in North Korea, on a business trip to supervise an animation project, with observations and interjections interspersed.

Did you know:
• Radios nor cell phones are allowed through customs in North Korea?
• There are no handicapped people in North Korea? They just don't exist there!
• People can just randomly disappear in North Korea? Even if they are notable animators!
• Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung are the two raddest dudes EVAR?
• North Korea is militarily superior to the United States? They even have a captured ship from 1968 to prove it.
There is tons of great information in this book, and rather than spoil it all, I just suggest you go read it. Combined with Delisle's reactions and perspective, the mood can change from comic to somber in just a few frames. A fast, but fascinating read.

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