While many imported literary forms have been adapted by Burmese writers, it is the ‘wuthu saungbar’ which the writers have embraced and perfected. A masterwork of the blend in fact and fiction, this particular road, begun by Ludu U Hla in the 1950s, follows Mya Than Tint on a 1980’s literary tour of the country and through embellished, omniscient interviews, he introduces the men and women he meets along the way. Enthralling and illuminating, On The Road is not just another work of non-fiction, it is an inestimable collection of portraits, completed in vivid detail and hung for all of us to read through an exceptional translation.
Title: On The Road to Mandalay
Author: Mya Than Tint,
Translators: Ohnmar Khin/Sein Kyaw Hlaing
Publisher: Ah-Man Thit Sarpay
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)