An unnamed, newly promoted headmaster attempts to build a ‘perfect school’ in a village in the northern Chin Hills. As with a lot of ‘realist’ fiction from Myanmar, this novel reads like a memoir: characters come and go with little development, there is no plot to speak of, merely a recurring list of happenings. Nevertheless, the novel does contain some bright passages and Nyi Nyi Pe’s translation, while perhaps too faithful to the text, is certainly readable.
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)
Title: A Garden on a Far Flung Peak
Author: Kaung Thant
Translator: Nyi Nyi Pe (BKK)
Publisher: Kaung Thant Publishing House