As the eponymous ‘k’ states in the prologue, this is not a book of his life but rather of Burma in the 1920’s, and yet it inevitably returns to him, and his family, his friends as they navigate a turbulent time in Myanmar, a time of literary renaissance and anti-colonial political awakenings. Introspective, emotive, poetic, at times comedic and forever fascinating, this is how a moment in a young life should be recorded. If only this book was more widely known and read in English, it would be considered a classic of early Burmese literature in translation.
Title: Myanmar in My Lifetime
Publisher: Today Publishing House
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)