‘In a five year journey all across Myanmar, Lucas Stewart travels from Yangon in the south to the northern limits of Kachin State in search of the literary luminaries of the country’s recent past. He bonds with censored and jailed writers, poets, publishers and booksellers, recording their stories of heritage and resilience. In his conversations with students at an Aung San Suu Kyi rally or sharing stories with a Kayah farmer in his village house, the long-suppressed literatures and languages of minorities such as the Chin, Kachin, Shan and others shine through. The People Elsewhere is a vivid tableau of time and place, and an ode to the ethnic richness of Myanmar.’
Published by Penguin/Viking.
If you live in the Asia-Pacific region, you can buy it (please do!) here
The UK/US print edition will be available next year. If you can’t wait that long, you can buy the digital edition on amazon.
“LUCAS STEWART’S BOOK IS AN EXQUISITE MAP OF THE MANY LITERATURES OF MYANMAR … IT BRAIDS TRAVEL, HISTORY AND LITERARY CRITICISM IN A MOST INGENIOUS WAY …”
Chandrahas Choudhury, Author of Clouds and editor of India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion
‘THE PEOPLE ELSEWHERE IS A VIGOROUS AND COMPELLING TRAVEL PARABLE. MORE IMPORTANTLY IT’S THE STORY WE HAVE BEEN WAITING TO READ ABOUT MYANMAR.
James Byrne Co-editor of Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets
‘LUCAS STEWART’S JOURNEY ACROSS MYANMAR OFFERS A FASCINATING INSIGHT AND A RARE GLIMPSE OF LIFE THROUGH ITS STORYTELLERS …‘
Nick Danziger, Photojournalist and Author of Danziger’s Travels.