The People Elsewhere

In a five year journey all across Myanmar, Lucas Stewart travels from Yangon in the south to the northern limits of Kachin State in search of the literary luminaries of the country’s recent past. He bonds with censored and jailed writers, poets, publishers and booksellers, recording their stories of heritage and resilience. In his conversations with students at an Aung San Suu Kyi rally or sharing stories with a Kayah farmer in his village house, the long-suppressed literatures and languages of minorities such as the Chin, Kachin, Shan and others shine through. The People Elsewhere is a vivid tableau of time and place, and an ode to the ethnic richness of Myanmar.’

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‘Lucas Stewart’s book is an exquisite map of the many literatures of Myanmar … it braids travel, history and literary criticism in a most ingenious way …’

         Chandrahas Choudhury, Author of Clouds


‘The People Elsewhere is a vigorous and compelling travel parable.  More importantly, it’s the story we have been waiting to read about Myanmar’

         James Byrne, Co-editor of Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets


‘Lucas Stewart’s journey across Myanmar offers a fascinating insight and a rare glimpse of life through its storytellers …’

         Nick Danziger, Photojournalist and Author of Danziger’s Travels