Sadaik Short Reviews: The Victim

Originally titled ‘War, Love and Prison’ in Burmese, the English title seems truer to the core beliefs of the author, a man known as an advocate for the working class … 

‘The Victim’, in a 1st person narration, embarks on a multi-decade journey that follows a man through war, colonialism, independence and prison.  Though ‘man’ may end his life as a criminal, Ludu U Hla constantly reminds us that he is still a ‘man’ and this is nevermore forcibly, hauntingly and sensitively depicted as in ‘The Victim’.  A rare and significant Burmese novel in English (and even rarer for being published in country).

The Victim

Title: The Victim

Author: Ludu U Hla

Translator: Than Tun/Kathleen Forbes

Publisher: Ludu Press

Published: 1976

(Sadaik Shorts is a series of very short reviews of fiction and non-fiction from Myanmar writers in English)