Lit Pick of the Week: “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick

Fifteen years, six people, one totalitarian regime

Courtesy of Spiegel & Grau

Radar is committed to all forms of art and entertainment and as such, will pick one book as a reading recommendation every week. This week Radar’s “Lit” pick is “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick.

Written by award-winning journalist and Los Angeles Times Seoul bureau chief Barbara Demick, “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” centers on the lives of six North Korean citizens over the course of 15 years. It reveals the love and loss these six people struggle through during one of the most tumultuous periods in North Korean history. Demick narrates these stories in intense and heart-wrenching detail, putting the reader in touch with those living under one of the most repressive and despotic totalitarian regimes to date. We travel with these people through their lives as they become so disillusioned with their government and the socialist way of life that they make the perilous, but life-changing journey south.