In 2017, best-selling author and Reader tutor Rory MacLean travelled to North Korea with photojournalist Nick Danziger for a British Council project. The result, North Korea: Lives and Lies in the State of Truth, is a telling portrait of a dozen ordinary and extraordinary North Koreans.
Join us in the Wintergarden of The Circus Hotel on Sunday 6th May at 7pm to hear all about Rory’s experiences and to catch a glimpse of real life in the world’s most secretive nation, at a turning point in its – and our – history. With moderation from Marcel Kreuger, the event will feature a slide show and Q&A. More details below.
Sunday 6th May at 19:00 sharp!
Find us at:
The Wintergarden (towards rear of Common Ground on the ground floor)
The Circus Hotel/Common Ground
Rosenthaler Str. 1
*Please note that although this event is free, RSVP is essential as space is very limited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place now!
In North Korea: Lives and Lies in the State of Truth
In his stunning new work, Rory asks: Who are the North Koreans? Who are the individuals whose active support – or cowed obedience – enables the regime to thrive? What do they think and feel? And to what ends will they go to change the world? To answer these question, award-winning photographer Nick Danziger and author Rory MacLean, two of today’s most sensitive chroniclers, travelled across the country, meeting a farmer, a fisherman and the captain of the national football team. They spent a morning one hundred metres underground with a 22-year-old subway train dispatcher and afternoons at the Museum of the Victorious Fatherland War with a much-decorated national hero who boasted, ‘When I was eighteen years old I shot and killed 367 enemy soldiers.’
From the spotless streets of Pyongyang to the pine-fringed beaches of Wonsan, and along the Youth Hero Road, an all-but-deserted strategic highway built by some 50,000 conscripts out of ‘patriotic duty’, Danziger and MacLean create a telling portrait of a dozen ordinary and extraordinary North Koreans, catching a glimpse of real life in the world’s most secretive nation, at a turning point in its – and our – history.
‘Danziger is the stuff that legends are made of’ — Literary Review
‘Rory MacLean is more than a gifted writer. He is a man whose artistry is underpinned by a powerful moral sensibility.’ – Fergal Keane, BBC
Rory MacLean is the author of more than a dozen books including UK top ten bestsellers Stalin’s Nose and Under the Dragon as well as Berlin: Imagine a City, a book of the year and ‘the most extraordinary work of history I’ve ever read’ according to the Washington Post. He has won awards from the Canada Council and the Arts Council of England. He has written about the missing civilians of the Yugoslav Wars for the ICRC and on divided Cyprus for the UN’s Committee on Missing Persons. His works, wrote John Fowles, are among those that ‘marvellously explain why literature still lives’. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Rory divides his time between Dorset, London and Berlin.
Nick Danziger is a world-renowned photojournalist and filmmaker. He has received numerous awards for his work, among them an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society and the World Press Photo 1st prize in the single portrait category. He has also received the Royal Geographical Society’s Ness Award for recognition of raising public understanding of contemporary social, political and environmental issues. His documentary film War, Lives & Videotape won the Prix Italia in 1991 for the best television documentary. Nick’s interest in marginalized and disadvantaged peoples has been documented in many of his best-selling books, among them, Danziger’s Travels, Danziger’s Adventures, Danziger’s Britain and The British. His photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide, toured museums and galleries internationally, and are part of several prestigious museum collections.
Get your hands on a copy of Rory’s ebook here.