Where the Burmese Sherlock Holmes Lived

Where the Burmese Sherlock Holmes Lived

The emergence of a ‘Burmese’ literature in the 1910’s and 1920’s was influenced by the import and translation of western literary forms, in novels and short stories.  Though this influence has arguably been exaggerated, the first true Burmese language novel by James Hla Gyaw has been often called an adaption of Duma’s Count of Monte Cristo, in reality the two share only a peripheral resemblance …

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Is ‘Smile as They Bow’ The Most Popular Book in Myanmar?

Is ‘Smile as They Bow’ The Most Popular Book in Myanmar?

According to Reddit user Backforward24 it is.  Yesterday, Coconuts ran an article on a literary map of the world uploaded onto Reddit which purportedly shows the favourite book in each country.  Backforward24’s choice for Myanmar was Nu Nu Yi (Inwas)’s inspirational ‘Smile as they Bow’ translated into English by Alfred Birnbaum and his wife Thi Thi Aye in 2008 …

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