Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Guy Delisle's internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel about the "hermit country", was named among the best of the year by Amazon.com, Time.com, CBC Radio, One Talking Books, San Antonio Current, Vancouver Courier, Edmonton Journal, Comics Journal, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association.
The novel documents the two months that Delisle spent in North Korea overseeing cartoon production, where his movements were constantly monitored by a translator and guide - who could limit his activities and movements but not his observations. In true Delisle fashion, he records everything; from the countless statues and portraits of the country's leaders to the strict obediance of its citizenry - while simulatenously weaveing his often-humourous observations into his narrative.
Praise for Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
"Deslile has drawn an unforgettable picture of Pyongyang." - Time Magazine
"Books like Persepolis - as well as Sacco's Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde, and Guy Delisle's Pyongyang - are held up not only as great literature but also as instructive guides to global combat zones." - Newsweek
"Full of ry detail, humour and pathos..." - Maclean's Magazine
"Pyongyang is a fascinating, even important document. It's simple yet highly evocative artwork brings us a kind of photo-reportage from a country where photography is restricted, journalists are barred and visitors in general are discouraged... Prevented from being a travelogue in the traditional sense, Pyongyang instead functions as a potrait of a society in denial." - The Guardian (UK)
About the Author
Born in Quebec City, Guy Delisle now lives in the south of France with his wife and son. Delisle has spent ten years, mostly in Europe, working in animation which allowed him to learn about movement and drawing. Many of his works are based on his travels with his wife who works for Medicins san Frontieres.