“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? …we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”— Franz Kafka
Reviews on Asian Literature
City on Fire: the Fight for Hong Kong is a book by Hong Kong-based writer and lawyer Antony Dapiran. It gives a detailed account of protests in Hong Kong during 2019 along with very thorough analysis on actions and reactions between people and their government as well as the history of events that lead to this revolution.
Smile as They Bow by Nu Nu Yi (Inwa) is a story of Daisy Bond and his* life as an illustrious natkadaw (spirit medium). The book was translated to English in 2008 by Alfred Birnbaum and Thi Thi Aye. Set during the yearly Taungbyon Festival held near Mandalay, the book tells more about the colourful cultural and religious activities at the Festival as well as the various lives of people who go there.
Here’s a list of queer representation in Myanmar Literature in Myanmar. Rather than a queer lit recommendation, this is what I managed to compile as a tribute to #pridemonth.
I participated in ‘Freedom Starts with Books’ campaign last week and one of the questions stayed with me for some time. It is about the correlation between revolutions and literature. How one influences another.