George Orwell and his own Burmese days

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Saiua
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George Orwell and his own Burmese days

Post by Saiua » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:04 pm

"Postcards," shout the hawkers in the Myanmar markets, displaying their wares to the tourists. "Jade bracelets, very good price." And then an unexpected cry: "George Orwell."

Every second hawker is flogging a cheap pirated copy of the Penguin edition of Orwell's novel Burmese Days. You might say it's the national book.

I'm just back from a visit to Myanmar, where I bought a copy in a second-hand bookstore. The military regime that has ruled the country for decades once banned Orwell's more famous novels, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, but it has always approved of Burmese Days because it's anti-colonial. And at a crucial point in Myanmar's slow and sometimes agonising transition to democracy, this sharp, tragicomic novel seems particularly timely.

Full story: Sydney Morning Herald

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