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

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Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick Overview

Nothing 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 Nothing 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.

Barbara Demick

About Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Description

Barbara Demick is an American journalist. She is currently Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood (Andrews & McMeel, 1996). Her next book, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, was published by Spiegel & Grau/Random House in December 2009 and Granta Books in 2010. Demick was correspondent for t

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Original Title Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea ISBN 0385523904 (ISBN13: 9780385523905 ) Edition Language English setting Korea, Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (Korea, Democratic People's Republic of) Literary Awards National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for General Nonfiction (2010), Ryszard Kapuściński Prize Nominee (2011), Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction (2010), National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction (2010) (55)