A Travelogue from China
Publication Date: October 17, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
The follow-up graphic novel to the acclaimed Pyongyang: A Journey to North Korea
Shenzhen is entertainingly compact, with Guy Delisle's observations of life in a cold urban city in southern China that is sealed off from the rest of the country by electric fences and armed guards. With a dry wit and a clean line, Delisle makes the most of his time spent in Asia overseeing outsourced production for a French animation company. By translating his fish-out-of-water experiences into accessible graphic novels,Delisle is quick to find the humor and point out the differences between Western and Eastern cultures. Yet he never forgets to relay his compassion for the simple freedoms that escape his colleagues by virtue of living in a Communist state.
GUY DELISLE spent the past year living in Burma. He has written four graphic novels in French; Shenzhen is his second translated into English. He was born in Quebec and lives in France.
Praise for Pyongyang:
"[Delisle] cloaks his tale with a compassionate cynicism that cushions the bleak horrors of this totalitarian Lost in Translation. [Grade:] A-." --Entertainment Weekly
"Books like . . . Guy Delisle's Pyongyang--are held up not only as great literature but also as instructive guides to global conflict zones." --Newsweek
"Delisle has drawn an unforgettable picture of Pyongyang." --Time