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Fall 2018: new editions of Pyongyang and Beautiful Darkness

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We're delighted to announce new paperback releases of Pyongyang by Guy Delisle and Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet, coming this fall! These are two perennials from D+Q's backlist and we are glad to be offering them with extra special new materials.


PYONGYANG: A JOURNEY IN NORTH KOREA BY GUY DELISLE, TRANSLATED BY HELGE DASCHER

IN STORES AUGUST 14

The perennial graphic novel about the "hermit country" with new cover and introduction by Gore Verbinski 

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea is Guy Delisle's graphic novel that made his career, an international bestseller for over ten years. Delisle became one of the few Westerners to be allowed access to the fortresslike country when he was working in animation for a French company.

While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa, Delisle observed everything he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered, bringing a sardonic and skeptical perspective on a place rife with propaganda. As a guide to the country, Delisle is a non-believer with a keen eye for the humor and tragedy of dictatorial whims, expressed in looming architecture and tiny, omnipresent photos of the President. The absurd vagaries of everyday life become fodder for a frustrated animator’s musings as boredom and censorship sink in. Delisle himself is the ideal foil for North Korean spin, the grumpy outsider who brought a copy of George Orwell’s 1984 with him into the totalitarian nation.

Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country.

Paperback | 200 pgs | Black & white | $19.95 USD / $21.95 CAD

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS BY FABIEN VEHLMANN & KERASCOET, TRANSLATED BY HELGE DASCHER

IN STORES OCTOBER 30

A group of little people find themselves without a home in this horror fantasy classic

Newly homeless, a group of fairies find themselves trying to adapt to their new life in the forest. As they dodge dangers from both without and within, optimistic Aurora steps forward to organize and help build a new community. Slowly, the world around them becomes more treacherous, as petty rivalries and factions form. 

Beautiful Darkness became a bestseller and instant classic when it was released in 2014. This paperback edition of the modern horror classic will contain added material, preparatory sketches and unused art. While Kerascoet mix gorgeous watercolors and spritely cartoon characters, Vehlmann takes the story into bleaker territory as the seasons change and the darkness descends. Like any great horror, there are moments of calm and jarring shock while a looming dread hangs over the forest.

Paperback | 120 pgs | Full-color | $18.95 USD / $21.95 CAD

This is part of our fall 2018 announcements. Click through for excerpts from Pyongyang and Beautiful Darkness and check out our previous announcements: Ancco's Bad Friends, Aminder Dhaliwal's Woman World, Julie Doucet's Dirty Plotte, Tom Gauld's The Snooty Bookshop, Lisa Hanawalt's Coyote Doggirl, and Jason Lutes's Berlin.