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by Adelin Petrișor

I have been reading about life in North Korea, one of the few remaining marxist-leninist dystopias in the world, since 2008. Adelin Petrisor's Coreea de Nord. Un lagar cat o tara is a visual travelogue an April 2012 visit to Phenian, the capital of North Korea. As such, this book is closely related to David Heather's North Korean Posters The David Heather Collection and Guy Delisle's Pyongyang A Journey in North Korea, and similar in spirit to the memoirs The Reluctant Communist My Desertion Court-Martial and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea and The Aquariums of Pyongyang Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. Overall, it is also the most visual of them all, but lacks any storyline or explanation.

The book is structured as a collection of photos taken in Phenian, several in close-up. The focus is, in order, the street, a popular celebration, and an army parade. The photos are minimally explained. A poorly written preface by Catalin Tolontan and a brief introduction by the author complete the collection.

The author's visit to Phenian coincides with the celebration of 100 years since the birth of Kim Ir Sen, the first president of North Korea. (Among others, we now know that Kim Is Sen was the autocrat who established the socialist personality cult—-ju-che, in North Korean version, which also includes the love and obedience to the whole family—-, of Stalinist origins and similar murderous behavior.) Thus, many of the pictures focus on people cleaning the streets, wearing their best clothes, and seemingly cheerfully applauding. So far, nothing to really distinguish this volume.

On the good side, Adelin Petrisor and his crew do manage to capture some of the inconsistencies and visible problems of today's Phenian: the incomplete skyscraper Ryungyong, the decrepit cars and empty streets, the identical buildings, the gray and smoggy city, the tired faces. The contrast of these with the "joyful" army parade is interesting.

To conclude, not much value but a 2012 look at North Korea.

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PublisherPolirom
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Release date 02.11.2012
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