Nothing to envy: ordinary lives in North Korea

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Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years-a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and 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 never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today-an Orwellian world in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, a country that is by choice not connected to the Internet, a society in which outward displays of affection are punished, and a police state that rewards informants and where an offhanded remark can send a citizen to the gulag for life. Demick's subjects-a middle-aged party loyalist and her rebellious daughter, an idealistic female doctor, an orphan, and two young lovers-all hail from the same provincial city in the farthest-flung northern reaches of the country. One by one, we witness the moments of revelation, when each realizes that they have been betrayed by the Fatherland and that their suffering is not a global condition but is uniquely theirs. Nothing to Envy is the first book about North Korea to go deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and penetrate the mind-set of the average citizen. It is a groundbreaking and essential addition to the literature of totalitarianism.
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9780385523912
9780385529617
9781400109845
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Korea (North) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century, Korea (North) -- Social conditions -- 21st century, Koreans -- Korea (North) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century -- Case studies, Koreans -- Korea (North) -- Social conditions -- 21st century -- Case studies
title_display Nothing to envy : ordinary lives in North Korea
title_full Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Nothing to envy : ordinary lives in North Korea / Barbara Demick, Nothing to envy [sound recording] : [ordinary lives in North Korea] / Barbara Demick
title_short Nothing to envy :
title_sub ordinary lives in North Korea
topic_facet Audiobooks, Current Events, Economic conditions, Koreans, Nonfiction, Social conditions, Sociology