Hidden Words, Hidden Words: Contemporary Short Stories from Myanmar is the first anthology of short stories from Myanmar published in the UK, the product of five years work in Myanmar and co-edited by myself and Alfred Birnbaum,
7 of the leading contemporary Burmese language writers and 7 new voices from the ethnic regions, guide us on a sweeping journey, from the cities to the mountains, of this once pariah nation. Written in scripts until recently censored and outlawed the anthology presents a country that goes beyond the familiar lens of isolation and dictatorship unveiling a storied and diverse landscape of people and place. From the child imprisoned in Yangon in the south to the jaded miner of Kachin in the north, these stories, each set in a different region and era, reflect on Myanmar’s troubled past and pose questions for the future of a country undergoing a transformation of global importance.
Featuring stories translated from Burmese, Mon, Karen (Sgaw Karen), Kayah (Kayah Li), Shan (Shan Gyi), Kachin (Jinghpaw), Chin (Lai Hakha) and Rakhine.
‘Fascinating and smart, the eclectic collection of short stories found in Hidden Words Hidden Worlds: Contemporary Short Stories from Myanmar is recommended as much for its ability to serve as a primer on the ethnic diversity of Myanmar as it is for the enjoyableness of the stories.’ (T F Rhoden, Asian Review of Books)
‘Singular not merely in its collaborative breadth, it is unprecedented: it is the first time in a half-century that such an ambitious and eclectic literary undertaking has been able to occur at all.’ (Martin Kovan, Masacara Lit Review)
‘ … an enjoyable, at times even mesmerizing read’, (Richard Roewer, Tea Circle)
The limited print run of 750 copies of this anthology have now gone but an e-book will be made available on all online platforms soon.