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)