Moe Linn, a life-long democracy activist, was hired as Aung San Suu Kyi’s cook after house arrest in the 90’s and spent the next 20 years in close company with her. Up Close is a collection of 24 articles written by Moe Lin and published in 2011 and 2012 with original pieces, diary entries and letters. Given the author’s position, as both an employee and confidant, this was never going to be a critical or impartial story and nor should it be, but anybody who wants to see and understand the life of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi beyond the image we have created of her in the West should read this book.
Title: Up Close: Two Decades of Close Encounters with Aung San Suu Kyi
Author: Moe Linn
Publisher: Zin Yadanar Saw Publishing House
(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)