One Inch Wonders #27: Nothing To Envy

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September 21, 2011 by markstani


from ‘Nothing To Envy: Real Lives In North Korea’ by Barbara Demick, pub. Granta

The histrionics of grief took on a competitive quality. Who could weep the loudest? Who was the most distraught? The mourners were egged on by TV news, which broadcast hours and hours of people wailing, grown men with tears rolling down their cheeks, banging their heads on trees, sailors banging their heads against the masts of their ships, pilots weeping in the cockpit, and so on. These scenes were interspersed with footage of lightning and pouring rain. It looked like Armageddon.

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