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Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick



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WINNER OF THE BBC SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2010 A spectacularly revealing and harrowing portrait of ordinary lives in the world’s least ordinary country North Korea North Korea is Orwell’s 1984 made reality: it is the only country in the world not connected to the internet; Gone with the Wind is a dangerous banned book; during political rallies spies study your expression to check your sincerity. After the death of the country’s great leader Kim Il Sung in 1994 famine descended and Nothing to Envy – winner of the 2010 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction – weaves together the stories of adversity and resilience of six residents of Chongin North Korea’s third-largest city. From extensive interviews and with tenacious investigative work Barbara Demick has recreated the concerns culture and lifestyles of North Korean citizens in a gripping narrative and vividly reconstructed the inner workings of this extraordinary and secretive country.

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