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Veteran graphic novelist Guy Delisle talks to Rachel Cooke about his Delisle is a comics writer whose books – Shenzhen, Pyongyang. Last year’s Pyongyang introduced Delisle’s acute voice, as he reported from North Korea with unusual insight and wit, not to mention. This is one of Guy Delisle’s earliest Travelogues, with a trip to Shenzhen, China to oversee the completion of a children’s cartoon in

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More By and About This Author. This “Guy” is a schmucky schlup.

The Best Books of Shenzhsn interesting, can be a start of sorts for someone who knows absolutely nothing about China.

Cover of the English-language edition. Jan 11, Cristhian rated it really liked it. Funny, precise, and unafraid to mention national foibles, Delisle begins his narratives as the baffled outsider: But then he saw east Jerusalem, where MSF stationed its employees, and he began to wonder. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

As he explained in his book Pyongyanga lot of animation work was being done in Asia. Guy Delisle is a Canadian animator-cartoonist who’s based in Paris and who does very quiet, lovely travelogues often with a hidden bite.

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He has access to translators, but their proficiencies are low. Like his other travelogues, SHENZHEN is an account of a period of delispe away from home, alone in a quite foreign place–on this occasion, Delisle was hired to oversee outsourced animation production in a dreary Chinese industrial city outside dwlisle Hong Kong.


To ask other readers questions about Shenzhenplease sign up. Guy realizes how much more freedom he has compared to his Chinese translator: One consistent thing you will find in all of his works is that humor is very good and you would actually laugh out loud at least a couple of times while reading each of them.

I would’ve liked to see him observe more ‘eccentricities’ shfnzhen the culture from his POV. We hardly ever stop to notice how amazingly free we really are. Re-read this today, about 4 years after my first read-through, and it’s still just as interesting. Yes, being in China in the handover happened that year! W hen Guy Delisle arrived in Israel inhe thought: If notability cannot be established, the article is likely to be mergedredirectedor deleted. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China

Jul 08, Michael Scott rated it it was ok Shelves: Delisle sometimes comes across as a decent guy, but often he’s portraying himself as a prick ahenzhen no tact or cultural sensitivity. There is less political commentary than in his later Pyongyang comic. Notify me of new comments via email. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: There’s always While I couldn’t articulate it myself, this excerpt from a review by The Guardian’s Michael Faber is exactly on point on both Pyongyang and Shenzhen -“Both books are arguably diminished by lack of respect for non-western mindsets and traditional values.


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It reads more smoothly that Pyongyang, but while each episode is more pithy than the ones for Burma, overall, the Shenzhen book has less content than the others. I leally like Guy Delisle. You are commenting using your Facebook account. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: As the first and therefore earliest of his travelogues, the art is grittier than in subsequent volumes.

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China by Guy Delisle

Taken out of context, even boredom can probably sublimate itself and seem entertaining. The book does give a depiction of what life is like in China, or as much as he is allowed to see.

Show 25 25 50 All. Delisle is a comics writer whose books — ShenzhenPyongyangBurma Chronicles celisle document his travels so vividly that you return to your Rough Guide, your Lonely Planet with a heavy heart.