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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea av Guy…

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (urspr publ 2003; utgåvan 2007)

av Guy Delisle (Författare)

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One of the few Westerners granted access to North Korea documents his observations of the secretive society in this graphic travelogue that depicts the cultural alienation, boredom, and desires of ordinary North Koreans.
Titel:Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
Författare:Guy Delisle (Författare)
Info:Drawn and Quarterly (2007), Edition: 1st, 176 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek


Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea av Guy Delisle (2003)

  1. 133
    Inget att avundas : vardagsliv i Nordkorea av Barbara Demick (lorax)
    lorax: Pyongyang is an outsider's view of the one part of the country where foreigners are generally permitted; Nothing to Envy is an inside look at ordinary life elsewhere in the country where the situation is even grimmer.
  2. 60
    Burma Chronicles av Guy Delisle (2810michael)
  3. 20
    Shenzhen av Guy Delisle (Ashles)
  4. 10
    Anteckningar från Jerusalem av Guy Delisle (Serviette)
  5. 10
    Persepolis. D. 1-4 av Marjane Satrapi (Lucky-Loki)
  6. 00
    Une vie chinoise, Tome 1 : Le temps du père av Kunwu Li (Henrik_Madsen)
  7. 00
    Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob av Jenny Jaeckel (legxleg)
    legxleg: Both are graphic novel memoirs about trips to foreign countries. Please note that Siberiak is about the author's experiences as a teenager while the narrator of Pyongyang is an adult, and I think that their ages do necessarily inform their experiences.

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So I finally got around to reading Pyongyang by Guy Delisle, having made my way through Shenzhen, Burma Chronicles and Jerusalem to finally get to the graphic travelogue that put him on the map. Pyongyang is exactly what it promises - a Quebecois animator spending two months in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, offering insight into the Hermit Kingdom through the keyhole his access affords him.

Delisle was visiting in ~2003, so before some of the halting changes implemented by current North Korean King Kim III, but his insight is nevertheless quite interesting. Unfortunately, like basically all foreigners, Delisle is confined to the titular capital of Pyongyang and closely supervised, so his experience is rather explicitly censored. From the perspective of a North Korean watcher, Pyongyang doesn’t offer all that much new information, as an honestly surprising number of tourists have written profusely about the Potemkin village of Pyongyang over the years. The streets are weirdly empty, everything is far-too clean, there are monumental structures that have been left unfinished for decades.

As usual, Delisle’s best insight comes from his interactions with humans, namely his North Korean guides and the animators he was hired to supervise. (Seriously, what animation studio is batshit insane enough to outsource animation of a children’s cartoon to bloody North Korea?) Delisle compares his experience to 1984, and the Orwellian parallels are all to literal. Surveillance and propaganda are absolutely pervasive. There is no trust, no freedom, control is totalitarian in the Stalinist sense of the term. The entire country may be brainwashed, or just constantly lying to one another, even Delisle can’t say for certain. It’s more dystopic than anything the entire genres of cyberpunk or post-apocalypse have ever been able to create.

(My absolute favorite line from the book: “At a certain level of oppression, truth hardly matters, because the greater the lie, the greater the show of power.” A stark reminder for our so-called “post-truth” epoch).

The artwork is probably my favorite of all of Delisle’s travel tomes. As with Shenzhen, he devotes many pages to rather beautiful architectural sketches, something that tapered off in his later works. It’s not quite as eye-opening as Burma or as poignant as Jerusalem, but I can see why it was so well-received. ( )
  pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
Fumetto improntato ad un forte realismo per raccontare quanto non è dato raccontare, per far saper quanto non si può sapere della Corea del Nord, ultimo vero baluardo del comunismo reale. Dittatura feroce instaurata da Kim Il Sung e ben portata avanti dal figlio Kim Joing Il. E si perché la lotta di classe è un fatto di famiglia, lo ha insegnato la storia; la situazione dei nordcoreani è drammatica, la Cina sta uscendo dal tunnel in cui Mao l’ha trascinata, la Corea del Sud grazie agli aiuti degli americani è un paese ricco in cui gli abitanti non conoscono la fame. Ma dall’altro lato esiste una feroce dittatura che bagna nel sangue qualsiasi tentativo di dissenso ed affama i propri cittadini. Non esistono telefoni cellulari, Internet è roba da americani, il dissenso viene punito con la morte, un popolo in catene, in nome di sé stesso. Il lavoro di Guy Delise, animatore francese, non eccelle ma racconta con crudezza un mondo che appare fantascienza. E, quindi, il fumetto assolve ad un’unica funzione che è quella di descrivere, e la piattezza della storia diventa essa stessa funzionale al racconto. Incredibile che esista un popolo oggi ridotto in queste condizioni e che la comunità internazionale non trovi la forza di reagire con atti concreti: invadere la corea del nord ed indire elezioni. ( )
  grandeghi | Oct 6, 2020 |
I found this by serendipity at the public library. While the book makes a few generalizations, it is overall a pretty good example of a memoir. If you liked Persepolis, you might like this. By the way, the author was reading 1984 during his travel, which seems quite appropriate given where he is traveling. In fact, if I was still teaching seniors in high school when we had to read 1984, I might use this book as a supplement to the discussions. Pretty good reading overall, with a blend of some humor and some sadness. It can be hard hitting at times, and the sense of loneliness quite strong. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
A horrific travel-journal from a Canadian's time in North Korea. Surreal in being both funny and scary. - Lucky ( )
  Lucky-Loki | May 26, 2020 |
Enjoyed the drawings, but the story was unexceptional. ( )
  josh.gunter | May 7, 2020 |
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I appreciated seeing such a personal view of a country I’ll never visit. I love comics that can expand my boundaries this way.
Delisle's evocative pencil drawings are suited to depicting a colourless, twilight world in which the state is all, with his rudimentary characters inhabiting vast and much more detailed architectural environments. Less well drawn are the inner lives of Pyongyang's citizens.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraThe Guardian, David Thompson (Oct 15, 2006)
North Korea is a country suffering in more ways than the author makes note of and I’m sure any reader could surmise this from his account, but rather than mine the heart of this suffering, Delisle achieves the literary equivalent of hiding a paraplegic’s wheelchair.
So while Pyongyang reads like cartoonist Craig Thompson’s breezy and introspective European travel diary, Carnet de Voyage, its content dictates that it be filed beside political artist Joe Sacco’s hard-hitting, from-the-trenches graphic novels about Sarajevo and Palestine – minus the first-hand accounts of violence, drama, and abject poverty. Because while a city can’t cry for help, maybe the odd cartoonist can act as a proxy.
This is a graphic novel so well crafted that the text begins to work as secondary illustration: propaganda begins to flow freely from each cell, like the canned music and broadcast exhortations that trail into the 15th floor hotel rooms; a small frame exchange between Delisle and his handlers perfectly sets up a full-page illustration of the dialogue’s own irony.

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