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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North…
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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (urspr publ 2009; utgåvan 2010)

av Barbara Demick (Författare)

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I skydd av nattens mörker inleder ungdomarna Jun San och Mi Ran i hemlighet en relation. Under långa promenader går de hand i hand och pratar om allt utom den regim som tvingar dem att smyga med sin kärlek. I Inget att avundas får vi också möta flera andra vanliga nordkoreaner: en fabriksarbetare som såg sin familj svälta ihjäl innan hon flydde utomlands och en självuppoffrande doktor som tog emot mutor för att köpa mat, och vars far i sorg efter ledaren Kim Il Sungs död begick självmord. Barbara Demick levandegör vardagslivet, kulturen och maktens mekanismer i ett gripande och insiktsfullt reportage från världens mest slutna rike. Inget att avundas tilldelades det mest prestigefulla reportagebokspriset, BBC:s Samuel Johnson-pris 2010, och boken nominerades till National Book Award, den amerikanska motsvarigheten till Augustpriset.… (mer)
Medlem:allyrod113
Titel:Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Författare:Barbara Demick (Författare)
Info:Random House (2010), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
Samlingar:Önskelista
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Inget att avundas : vardagsliv i Nordkorea av Barbara Demick (2009)

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    Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea av Guy Delisle (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. 20
    Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad av Melanie Kirkpatrick (TomWaitsTables)
  3. 20
    Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite av Suki Kim (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both books are compelling, fascinating reads. Nothing to Envy covers a broad scope, and Without You, There is No Us has a tight focus. They explore the North Korean regime from different angles.
  4. 20
    Flykten från Läger 14 : den dramatiska rymningen från ett nordkoreanskt fångläger av Blaine Harden (Stbalbach, rebeccanyc)
    Stbalbach: Amazing story of escape from a North Korea prison camp.
    rebeccanyc: Demick's book explores the lives of several people who lived in and escaped from North Korea, while Harden's focuses on one individual who was born in and escaped from a North Korean slave labor camp. The two books complement each other.
  5. 20
    Kim Il-song's North Korea: av Helen-Louise Hunter (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Credited in Nothing To Envy as one of the sources of info about DPRK.
  6. 10
    This is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood av Hyok Kang (justine28)
    justine28: This is Paradise is a first-hand account of North Korean regime and especially the 1990s famine as experienced by a defector. Very similar to the stories gathered by Demick - a journalist. The two books complement each other.
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    Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal av Geoff Childs (meggyweg)
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    The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters av B. R. Myers (g33kgrrl)
  9. 04
    Oscar Waos korta förunderliga liv av Junot Díaz (weener)
    weener: One is fiction, one is non-fiction. One is in Latin America, one is in Asia. Both are heartbreaking, deeply affecting tales of life under totalitarianism.
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看脫北者回憶七八十年代的朝鮮,比較驚悚的一個開悟是等國眼下的朝鮮化——

・黨媒喉舌長篇累牘地辱罵「敵國」,exactly the same as the tirade from the Great Vituperator;
・選擇性、有針對性地報導別國的惡劣新聞,營造別國都處在水深火熱之中的景象;
・我所遇到的路邊六歲童以「美國大傻逼」為口頭禪,和從幼兒園開始就通過兒歌灌輸仇日仇美的朝鮮估計也沒差;
・教科書內也都是類似的內容,小孩完全浸淫在狼奶裡,想擺脫其影響可能首先得從小有叛逆和愛質疑的性格;
・舉報文化重新抬頭,國內的監控異常強大,“the more there was to complain about, the more important it was to ensure that nobody did”,對應「抓了」;
・狂熱愛國者只有遭遇鐵拳怒砸之後才會清醒過來,但即便如此也還是對房間裡的大象視而不見,認為上位者無可挑剔、都是下面執行者的錯;
・甚至還有儒家文化也是共通的,重男輕女和等級尊卑的觀念根深蒂固,東 亞 手 牽 手

當然這些也不能完全說是朝鮮化,畢竟獨裁國家一個兩個不都這鳥樣,又或者本國時鐘回撥五十年也沒啥不同(。不過放在四五年前看,我大概只會單純把朝鮮當作一個遙遠的客體、甚至是以獵奇的眼光來閱讀,但如今越來越多的相似之處不由得讓人心生恐懼頭皮發麻⋯⋯

Epilogue 裡一句 "When North Korea runs short of food, the regime feeds its population with more propaganda",實在很難不讓人想到最近大力鼓吹光盤的等國,I guess it's time to brace yourself for the upcoming future ( )
  puripuri | Sep 9, 2021 |
I would really like to know how I keep accidentally, and without my knowledge, marking books as "Read" instead of "TO BE read".

I don't think I've read this book yet and there is no read date, only a shelved date. Shelved just last November??? I'm pretty sure it must be one that sounded good when I was reading everyone's Nonfiction November lists. I'm going to change the status to "TO read" and hope that I'm right. Now I need to see what other books are on my "READ" shelf that should not be. G-r-r-r-r-r-r.
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Positively Orwellian. Fascinating. Eye-opening. ( )
  MuggleBorn930 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Adult nonfiction. Insanely bleak. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
"Nothing to Envy" is the most depressing book in the world.

Following the lives of six ex-pat North Koreans who, through luck and perseverance, managed to get out through China and to South Korea (where they are automatically citizens), "Nothing to Envy" chronicles the rise and fall of the last Soviet Communist State who has managed, somehow, to hang on when dictators world over are falling. At first, Kim Il-Jong's make-believe Communist Paradise, established in 1958 and propped up by the Russians, looked like a Korean Miracle. Built on top of left behind Japanese trains, electrical lines, factories, and roads, the Communist experiment looked, from the outside, to actually work: the per capita of those in North Korea was higher than South Korea as South Korea went through its post-Korean War growing pangs. Sure everyone in North Korea was pigeon-holed based on the allegiances of their grandparents and their opportunities in life granted or removed based on some superficial caste almost as harsh as found in India, but the people were fed, everyone had health care, people had jobs and school, and the trains ran on time.

Then three things happened: the Soviet Union fell, Kim Il-Jong died, and Deng Xiaoping's capitalist reforms in China caused China's economy to rapidly expand. North Korea never was anything more than a puppet state; it never made or sold anything itself. The moment the money dried up and North Korea's allies became more interested in money than a Communist experiment, North Korea began to starve. Everyone starved. Hundreds of thousands died. And the government never relented to feed its people, all for ideology.

The six very personal stories chronicles the period of intense starvation and the re-discovery of capitalist markets in North Korea from 1991 to the present day. All of the people featured in the book, some young and some old enough to remember the Korean War, are all survivors, tough enough to survive the famines, cross the border into China, and sneak all the way to South Korea. "Nothing to Envy" chronicles extreme poverty under crushing 1984 conditions where, even while starving, a stray word against the government meant a trip to the Gulag. Televisions are fixed to only one TV station, radios only get the North Korean State station (but easy to hack), cellphones banned, no computers, and the people are sealed in a hermetic bubble. It doesn't matter, though: electricity is so rare people steal the copper out of the power lines to sell for black market rice. The electricity hasn't been on in twenty years. Cities crumble, trains die on the tracks, and the factories sit idle. There aren't any cars. North Korea is a wasteland.

After reading this book, it's unclear how reunification would work. North Korea is a poverty-stricken nation stuck in the 1960s and reunification would mean retraining some 23 million people in how to exist in the 21st century. Estimates are between $800 billion and $1.3 trillion to rebuild North Korea to a livable, workable standard. It's not the de-brainwashing as much as the sheer rebuilding.

"Nothing to Envy" is a very sad book about a very sad place run by a madman who would rather his country be ideologically pure than his people eat. It's unlikely North Korea will survive another change of hands considering how China is leaking in over the northern border and running North Korea's black markets -- the only source of food they have. But when it does happen, it will be a real mess. North Korea is a humanitarian disaster.

Recommended for anyone interested in what life is like in North Korea. ( )
  multiplexer | Jun 20, 2021 |
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Barbara Demick's book Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea opens with a nighttime satellite image of northeast Asia that shows the bright lights of South Korea and China. In the middle of the photograph is a dark spot — a nation of 23 million people that has little electricity.
tillagd av bongiovi | ändraNPR (Jan 6, 2010)
 
Nothing to Envy – the title comes from a piece of propaganda aimed at hoodwinking gullible North Korean citizens – is a fascinating work which highlights in the lives of the individuals concerned the triumph of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
 
Elegantly structured and written, Nothing To Envy is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction.
 

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