Friday, April 19, 2024

The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #27

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 Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Current Read #27

The only book I'm reading right now that has more than one cover edition to check out is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick, so that is what I'm featuring for this week's Friday Face-Off! Nothing to Envy is a nonfiction book that follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years and really dives into what life was like during this period in North Korea, as well as what we know of the present state (or present at the time this book was written, which was 2009–to me knowledge, there is not an updated version). This book has been translated into so many different languages so there are a lot of different covers to check out–and I didn't even manage to include them all in this post! Let's have a look at some of them. 

2009 US Hardcover | 2011 Chinese | 2023 Arabic

2010 UK Paperback | 2011 Spanish | 2023 Slovak

2015 Persian | 2014 Czech | 2013 German

2011 Icelandic | 2011 Swedish | 2014 Romanian

2017 Polish | 2011 Thai | 2013 Portuguese

My choice(s):
I'm not really sure that I have a "favorite" cover for this book, but I do think the US hardcover really seems to cover the bleakness of the country and the mange challenges the people in these books face. These covers all interpret and convey the messages of what they think of North Korea differently, and I like seeing how different they all are. Which one(s) do you like the most or find the most interesting?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, these are all so different! I really like the ones that use a real image, and the 2010 UK paperback really stands out too.