Burmese Literature
158 views | +0 today
Follow
Burmese Literature
Updates on all things literary in Burma
Curated by Sadaik
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Book News: Austen on the Pound, Digital Libraries - New Yorker (blog)

Book News: Austen on the Pound, Digital Libraries - New Yorker (blog) | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
New Yorker (blog)
Book News: Austen on the Pound, Digital Libraries
New Yorker (blog)
In her keynote address at the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, the Burmese writer Ma Thida talked about her experience with censorship.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Reclaiming Dialogue, by Literary Light

Reclaiming Dialogue, by Literary Light | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
A striking element of the Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Myanmar was not just that it was taking place, but the diversity of views on display, after decades of suppression.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Freedom brings new challenges for Myanmar writers - KLTV.com ...

Freedom brings new challenges for Myanmar writers - KLTV.com ... | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
Poet Saw Wai parked himself on the lawn, unfurled a map of Myanmar with a blob of blood-red paint dripping down from a spot up north and invited people to make poetry with him.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Nu Nu Yi: The Writer, the Role Model, and the Bird | Sampsonia Way ...

Nu Nu Yi: The Writer, the Role Model, and the Bird | Sampsonia Way ... | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
Khet Mar profiles Burmese writer Nu Nu Yi who faced heavy censorship of her work. ... She also won the Myanmar National Literary Award in 1993 for her novel Emerald Green Blue Kamayut. ... About the Author.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Finding George Orwell in Burma, Emma Larkin — A Literary Traveler ...

Finding George Orwell in Burma, Emma Larkin — A Literary Traveler ... | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
Finding George Orwell in Burma, in turn, is a very good tour of Burma today and in Blair's day, of the novel Burmese Days, and the connections to his later, world-famed satires of authoritarian governance, all conducted by a fine literary ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

KyiMayKaung: Photojournalist Thierry Falise's book, Burma ...

Burma, Art, Literature, Economics,Politics through the eyes of a permanent exile. "We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the oppressed. Sometimes we must interfere. . . There is so much injustice and ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Myanmar author explores new literary freedom

Myanmar author explores new literary freedom | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it

“As Myanmar's censors loosen their grip, one of the country's most acclaimed authors plans to republish her novel about two gay lovers, restoring sex-laced passages once deemed too risque for readers.

 

Chunks of paragraphs from Nu Nu Yi's 1994 novel "Smile as they bow" were purged by the all-powerful censorship office -- seen as an Orwellian-style arbiter of all that is fit for publication.

 

For decades they vetted every article, book manuscript, photograph and illustration before publication, eliminating anything considered inflammatory or damaging to the nation's military dictators.

 

But the quasi-civilian government that took office last year has effectively abolished direct censorship, a totemic indicator of the reforms sweeping Myanmar as it emerges from the shadows of outright military rule.

 

No one is cheering that more than Nu Nu Yi, who in 2007 became the first living Burmese to be nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Cultural norms trump literary merit at state-run book awards - Myanmar Times

Cultural norms trump literary merit at state-run book awards - Myanmar Times | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it

“The winners of the National Literary Award for books published in 2011 were announced on November 22, with 13 honourees named by a judging committee working under the Ministry of Information.

 

Prizes were meant to be given in 16 categories, but the selection committee decided that the entries in the Novel, Youth Literature and English-Language Fiction categories failed to meet specified selection criteria.

 

“We have read all the literature published in the 2011 calendar year, including comedy, satire and fantasy. We define the criteria for each category, and if works don’t meet these standards, we reject them and select the best from the remaining books,” said poet U Myo Tun, secretary of National Literary Award Selection Committee.

 

The committee picked the 13 winners from more than 2400 books in all genres. Of these, 827 were novels but none were deemed sufficient to warrant the literary prize.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Burmese Poetry Foundation: Language-oriented poetry in Myanmar

Language-oriented poetry in Myanmar (Mirrored from Jacket Magazine). To many people outside Myanmar (Burma), it might come as a surprise that there is such a thing as Language-oriented Poetry in contemporary Myanmar poetry scene.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Another Country: Writers and Censors in Burma, 15 years later ...

Another Country: Writers and Censors in Burma, 15 years later ... | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
On Nov 17 this year, the Burmese writer Ma Thida and I went to visit the offices of the Press Scrutiny Board in Yangon, the seat of the country's once-feared censorship authority. ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Literature needs freedom – and freedom needs literature - The Guardian

Literature needs freedom – and freedom needs literature - The Guardian | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Literature needs freedom – and freedom needs literature
The Guardian
What a shame for a Burmese writer who was awarded the prize not to come and accept it in person. The reason is not to save me but to save my 'words' or 'creativity'.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Freedom brings new challenges for Myanmar writers - The Associated Press

Freedom brings new challenges for Myanmar writers The Associated Press Myanmar's censorship board, which shut in August, was officially rebranded the Copyrights and Registration Division at the end of January, just in time for Yangon's first...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Mar Mar Aye: The Power of One Voice | Sampsonia Way Magazine

Mar Mar Aye: The Power of One Voice | Sampsonia Way Magazine | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
Photo: Myanmar Celebrity, YouTube. If I said ... Within tea houses we talked about Burmese writers, literary trends we noticed, and, of course, politics. ... About the Author. Khet Mar is a staff writer at Sampsonia Way.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Select Books: Books on Myanmar

Select Books: Books on Myanmar | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
Interviews and a wide range of contacts highlight some of the hideous cruelty and oppression in the recent history of Burma's people and also some tentative signs of possible changes in recent official policy.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

KyiMayKaung: Burma - 2 literary novels by Generation 88 leaders

There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention . . . writers and poets, prisoners in so many lands governed by the left and by the right." Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Select Books: Books on Myanmar

Select Books: Books on Myanmar | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
The 2011 Myanmar/Burma update conference considered the openings offered by these political changes and media reforms and the potential opportunities for international assistance. ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it

“Burma’s first international literary festival featuring a host of renowned authors will take place in Rangoon in February.

The Irrawaddy Literary festival at the Inya Lake Hotel will showcase the best of international and local writing from February 1-3. The patron of the event, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said: “I am delighted to lend my support and personal participation to this first Irrawaddy Literary Festival. Literature has always been a big part of my life and I hope this festival will encourage more people to explore the world of literature and further their understanding of the English language.”

Among the authors lined up to take part are international best-sellers like Vikram Seth, Jung Chang, William Dalrymple and Fergal Keane. The Festival has also secured the attendance of Sudha Shah, Pascal Khoo Thwe, Thant Myint U and Akash Kapur, alongside a host of eminent local literary and cultural figures such as Zarganar, Dr Ma Thida and the celebrated librarian U Thaw Kaung and his son Dr Thant Thaw Kaung.”

The Irrawaddy Literary Festival on this site: http://preview.tinyurl.com/SoutheastIrrawaddy

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Part One: Bones Will Crow, 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets ...

Part One: Bones Will Crow, 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets ... | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it

“This is the first anthology of contemporary Burmese poets published in the West, and includes the work of Burmese poets who have been in exile and in prison. The poems include global references from a culture in which foreign books and the internet are regarded with suspicion and where censorship is an industry. The poets have been ingenious in their use of metaphor to escape surveillance and censorship, writing post-modern, avant-garde, performance and online poetries.

 

The anthology reveals the transition of traditional to modernist poetry, the development of Burmese poetry over the second half of the 20th century, as Burma has changed. Through their wildly divergent styles, these poems delight in the freedom to experiment with poetic tradition.”

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

The Book Club: The Butterfly That Pollinates Burma's Future ...

The Book Club: The Butterfly That Pollinates Burma's Future ... | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
Khet Mar, the poet and former political prisoner, wrote this personal account of the amnesty and the friends who were now finally free. ...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sadaik
Scoop.it!

Nyi Pu Lay: The Writer with a Peaceful Smile | Sampsonia Way ...

Nyi Pu Lay: The Writer with a Peaceful Smile | Sampsonia Way ... | Burmese Literature | Scoop.it
Writer, photographer, and artist Nyi Pu Lay reminds us of the many wounds Burma has suffered and the long road to her full recovery. ... The life of an artist and his thoughts on Burma's current moment.
more...
No comment yet.