Delisle has drawn an unforgettable picture of Pyongyang.Time
A westerner's visit into North Korea, told in the form of a graphic novel
In early 2001 cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few Westerners to be allowed access to the fortresslike country. While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa for a French film animation company, Delisle observed what he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered; his findings form the basis of this remarkable graphic novel. Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country.
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, The Comics Journal, Young Adult Library Services Association, and the Pennsylvania School Librarians' Association.
Praise for Pyongyang
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 wry detail, humour and pathos...Maclean's...
Pyongyang is a fascinating, even important document. Its 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 portrait of society in denial.Guardian
[Delisle] cloaks his tale with a compassionate cynicism that cushions the bleak horrors of this totalitarian Lost In Translation. A-Entertainment Weekly