The Ministry of Truth: Kim Jong-Il's North Korea by Christian KrachtThe Ministry of Truth: Kim Jong-Il's North Korea by Christian Kracht

The Ministry of Truth: Kim Jong-Il's North Korea

byChristian KrachtPhotographed byEva Munz, Lukas Nikol

Paperback | October 11, 2007

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The few dozen tourists-and a few journalists-who come annually to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang are accompanied by guides and are only allowed to see what the regime blinders for their viewing. For the visitors, actors often represent pedestrians, and the consumer goods seen in stores are unavailable to the public at large. The statistics heaped upon the visitors are dubious at best.Kim Jong Il's People's Republic of North Korea is a gigantic installation, a simulation, a play. Eva Munz, Christian Kracht, and Lukas Nikol traveled to this land to take pictures of a country from which there are no pictures. What they show inThe Ministry of Truth is a window view of the gigantic 3-D production of Kim Jong Il, who writes the nation's statistics and authors its film script. Because no accurate view is available of this total installation, the authors make the only one possible: They comment on their photos with quotations from a didactic book on the art of film written by the dictator-who not only collects wine and Mazda RX-7 sports cars, but also has an enormous film library.Christian Kracht is a celebrated journalist and author and the editor of the German cultural magazineDer Freund. The photographs ofEva Munz andLukas Nikol have had numerous international exhibitions.The few dozen tourists-and a few journalists-who come annually to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang are accompanied by guides and are only allowed to see what the regime blinders for their viewing. For the visitors, actors often represent pedestrians, and the consumer goods seen in stores are unavailable to the public at large. The statistics heaped upon the visitors are dubious at best.Kim Jong Il's People's Republic of North Korea is a gigantic installation, a simulation, a play. Eva Munz, Christian Kracht, and Lukas Nikol traveled to this land to take pictures of a country from which there are no pictures. What they show inThe Ministry of Truth is a window view of the gigantic 3-D production of Kim Jong Il, who writes the nation's statistics and authors its film script. Because no accurate view is available of this total installation, the authors make the only one possible: They comment on their photos with quotations from a didactic book on the art of film written by the dictator-who not only collects wine and Mazda RX-7 sports cars, but also has an enormous film library.Christian Kracht is a celebrated journalist and author and the editor of the German cultural magazineDer Freund. The photographs ofEva Munz andLukas Nikol have had numerous international exhibitions.
Christian Kracht is said to be one of the best-known writers and journalists of his generation. He has written nine books and many magazine articles translated into a dozen languages. He is also the editor of the German magazine, Der Freund," and the son of the owner of Springer-Verlag, the huge German publishing concern. Filmmaker, ph...
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Title:The Ministry of Truth: Kim Jong-Il's North KoreaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 11 × 7.5 × 0.3 inPublished:October 11, 2007Publisher:Feral HouseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932595279

ISBN - 13:9781932595277

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