Paragu, the penname of Hla Kyaing, regularly appears on the list of prominent 20th century Burmese writers. With over 100 published novels, ‘The Bagan Wayfarer’ is an unusual stray into travel literature for him and is exceptionally well done. Foregoing the typical ‘guidebook’ commentary that is evident in other travel narratives from the country, here the author combines a deep knowledge of the Bagan era with an actual descriptive journey that threads the history of the temples together. If you are going to Bagan, I can think of no better companion than Paragu’s wayfarer.
Title: The Bagan Wayfarer
Translator: Kyi Kyi Hla
Publisher: Seikku Cho Cho
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)