(published in English as Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
) is a black and white graphic novel
by the Canadian Québécois
author Guy Delisle
, published in 2004
documents Delisle's experiences in Pyongyang
, the capital of North Korea
, where he stayed for two months. Acting as the liaison between a French animation
producing company (Protecrea
working for TF1: Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle
, reviewed by Fraser Newham, Asia Times
, 20 January 2007.) and the SEK Studio
(Scientific Educational Korea) company, he struggles with the difficulties of outsourcing
and the bureaucracy of the totalitarian closed state.
The book has 176 pages, two of them drawn by a French colleague ("Fabrice").
It was drawn in Ethiopia,
, J. Kelly Nestruck, National Post
, September 07, 2005. where Delisle's wife was working for Médecins Sans Frontières
Delisle does not expect to return to North Korea, writing, "I don't think I would be welcome there anymore."
Delisle arrives in Pyongyang, bringing, in addition to the items that he was authorized to bring into the country, a copy of George Orwell
's Nineteen Eighty-Four
, that he judged appropriate for a totalitarian
state, CDs of Aphex Twin
and reggae, and... Read More