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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
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Sep 21, 2010 | ISBN 9780385523912

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“Provocative . . . offers extensive evidence of the author’s deep knowledge of this country while keeping its sights firmly on individual stories and human details.”The New York Times

“Deeply moving . . . The personal stories are related with novelistic detail.”The Wall Street Journal

“Excellent . . . humanizes a downtrodden, long-suffering people whose individual lives, hopes and dreams are so little known abroad.”San Francisco Chronicle

“The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of Nothing to Envy. . . . Elegantly structured and written, [it] is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction.”Slate

“At times a page-turner, at others an intimate study in totalitarian psychology.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Haunting . . . a clear-eyed and deeply reported look at [North Korea].”The Plain Dealer

Nothing to Envy must do what journalism hasn’t been required to do for nearly a century: use words to create pictures of scenes that cannot be captured by a camera. With an eloquence seldom found in newspaper journalists, Demick has risen to the occasion—all the more remarkable when you consider that she hasn’t seen these sights herself. She has a novelist’s knack for eliciting the telling detail.”Salon

“In a stunning work of investigation, Barbara Demick removes North Korea’s mask to reveal what lies beneath its media censorship and repressive dictatorship.”The Daily Beast

“No writer I know has done a better job of clothing these academic concerns with the rich detail of the lives of ordinary people—explaining, simply, what it feels like to be a citizen of the cruelest, most repressive and most retrograde country in the world. . . . [An] outstanding work of journalism.”The Times (London)

“These are the stories you’ll never hear from North Korea’s state news agency.”New York Post

“[A] superbly reported account of life in North Korea.’’—Bloomberg

“[Nothing to Envy] has the ring of authority as well as the suspense of a novel.”The Washington Times

“The last time I read a book with something truly harrowing or pitiful or sad on every page it was Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and those characters had the good fortune to not be real.”St. Louis Magazine

“Strongly written and gracefully structured, Demick’s potent blend of personal narratives and piercing journalism vividly and evocatively portrays courageous individuals and a tyrannized state.”Booklist (starred review)

“A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive totalitarian regime of the Republic of North Korea . . . As Demick weaves [the defectors’] stories together with the hidden history of the country’s descent into chaos, she skillfully re-creates these captivating and moving personal journeys.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)


National Book Critics Circle Awards SUBMITTED 2010

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