Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara DemickNothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.
Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today—an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, and where displays of affection are punished; a police state where informants are rewarded and where an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life.
Demick takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors. Through meticulous and sensitive reporting, we see her six subjects—average North Korean citizens—fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we experience the moments when they realize that their government has betrayed them.
Nothing to Envy is a groundbreaking addition to the literature of totalitarianism and an eye-opening look at a closed world that is of increasing global importance.
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Make Your Own List. Interview by Alec Ash. Kim Jong-un's posturing over nuclear weapons is a distraction from more pressing concerns: the extreme poverty and disenfranchisement of his people, says North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee. She chooses five books for understanding the hermit kingdom. Hyeonseo Lee grew up in North Korea but escaped to China in and lived there for more than 10 years.
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Every product is independently selected by obsessive editors. Welcome to Reading Lists, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert or at least a fascinating dinner-party companion in hyperspecific or newsworthy topics. Up first: a selection of books about North Korea, recommended by researchers, professors, authors, and public-policy scholars. Each of these experts sent us a list of books , from their favorite defector memoirs to the most thorough overviews of the Kim dynasty. The titles ultimately included on this list were recommended by at least two experts.
There are affiliate links in here. I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. First, because it was on that perfect, thick glossy paper. Second, because it just sounded good. After scouring the web, I compiled this list of 27 books about North Korea.
We love books. Whether it is James Bond or Scandinavian noir, the idea is to celebrate best-sellers across the world and discover more about the unknown faces behind forgotten books. Most famously, the workings of this world were perfected by George Orwell in his novel He understood, perhaps in the aftermath of the devastating World Wars and horrors of Holocaust, that all dictatorial regimes follow the same rule — only some refine the laws to their advantage. Even today, the world of Oceania and Big Brother breathes within the trappings of the 21st century. It survives in North Korea, the hermit kingdom that nobody seems to care about unless it threatens to bomb the US and its southern counterpart.