Nothing to envy ordinary lives in north korea is a 2009 nonfiction book by los angeles times journalist barbara demick based on interviews with north korean refugees from the city of chongjin who had escaped north korea in 2010 the book was awarded the bbc samuel johnson prize for non fictionit was also a nonfiction finalist for the national book award in 2010. George polk award and robert f kennedy award winning journalist barbara demicks nothing to envy ordinary lives in north korea spiegel grau on sale december 29 2009 offers a never before seen view of a country and society largely unknown to the rest of the world. The narrow boundaries of our knowledge have expanded radically with the publication of los angeles times correspondent barbara demicks nothing to envy ordinary lives in north korea elegantly structured and written nothing to envy is a groundbreaking work of literary nonfiction slate excellent lovely work of narrative nonfiction a book that offers extensive . Nothing to envy ordinary lives in north korea by barbara demick published december 2009 format 315 page hardcover acquired borrowed from my library read aug 17 20 rating 5 stars its very strange how little we know of what is happening inside north korea demick provided a rare view in through the personal stories of six defectors. Barbara demick is the author of nothing to envy ordinary lives in north korea which was a finalist for the national book award and national book critics circle award and the winner of the samuel johnson prize in the uk and logavina street life and death in a sarajevo neighborhoodher books have been translated into more than twenty five languages
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