North Korea

Chancel, Philippe

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North Korea is truly like no other place on earth. The rulers of this rogue state, the late Kim Il-sung and King Jong-il, have expanded the cult of personality to unprecedented lengths. This book shows how the political has been transfigured into a breathtaking and all encompassing aesthetic, a totalitarian vision for a totalitarian regime. Num Pages: 208 pages, 129 colour illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FPKN; AJC. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 276 x 308 x 25. Weight in Grams: 1824. . 2007. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: An unprecedented photographic tour of North Korea that examines life under the Kims' totalitarian regime.

For more than half a century, North Korea has been the epitome of a rogue state. Since the defeat of the Japanese occupation in 1945 it has been a nation apart, ruled by father-and-son autocrats—the late Kim Il-sung, known as the Great Leader, and his successor Kim Jong-il, known as the Dear Leader—who have expanded the cult of personality to unparalleled lengths.

No regime, past or present, has ever created an environment of such ubiquitous propaganda. In finely orchestrated detail, flags, murals, and slogans praise the party, while monuments, statues, and portraits glorify its leaders. Philippe Chancel's neutral but sophisticated photographs explore how the political has been transfigured into an all-encompassing aesthetic. He shows us the wide, car-less avenues of Pyongyang—the capital city rebuilt to plans drawn up by the Great Leader himself—the Children's Palace, and the gigantic May Day Stadium, which seats up to 150,000 people. It is a remarkable scenography of a uniquely chilling reality. 129 color photographs.

About the Author: Philippe Chancel is a photographer who has worked all over the world and has exhibited widely. He is a contributor to the magazine Connaissance des arts. Michel Poivert teaches at the Sorbonne. Jonathan Fenby, former editor of the South China Post, has written widely on the Far East.

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