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Nothing to Envy - Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Barbara Demick

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Genres:

History

Description:

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years-a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today-an Orwellian world in which radio and television dials are welded to the one government station, a country that is by choice not connected to the Internet, a society in which outward displays of affection are punished, and a police state that rewards informants and where an offhanded remark can send a citizen to the gulag for life. Demick's subjects-a middle-aged party loyalist and her rebellious daughter, an idealistic female doctor, an orphan, and two young lovers-all hail from the same provincial city in the farthest-flung northern reaches of the country. One by one, we witness the moments of revelation, when each realizes that they have been betrayed by the Fatherland and that their suffering is not a global condition but is uniquely theirs. Nothing to Envy is the first book about North Korea to go deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and penetrate the mind-set of the average citizen. It is a groundbreaking and essential addition to the literature of totalitarianism.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen White

Length:

12h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:35


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

39:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

50:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

55:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

45:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

41:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

35:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

41:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

36:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

32:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

35:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

29:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

33:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

33:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

46:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

00:23