Burma Chronicles

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Drawn & Quarterly, Sep 10, 2008 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 208 pages
15 Reviews
A timely and incisive portrait of a country on the tipping point After developing his acclaimed style of firsthand reporting with his bestselling graphic novels Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea and Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China, Guy Delisle is back with The Burma Chronicles. In this country notorious for its use of concealment and isolation as social control—where scissors-wielding censors monitor the papers, the de facto leader of the opposition has been under decade-long house arrest, insurgent-controlled regions are effectively cut off from the world, and rumor is the most reliable source of current information—he turns his gaze to the everyday for a sense of the big picture.

Delisle’s deft and recognizable renderings take note of almsgiving rituals, daylong power outages, and rampant heroin use in outlying regions, in this place where catastrophic mismanagement and ironhanded rule come up against profound resilience of spirit, expatriate life ambles along, and nongovernmental organizations struggle with the risk of co-option by the military junta. The Burma Chronicles is drawn with a minimal line, and interspersed with wordless vignettes and moments of Delisle’s distinctive slapstick humor.

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User Review  - Meghan Fidler - Goodreads

Delisle's "Burma Chronicles" is a travel memoir of sorts, a lesson in the history and politics of Myanmar, and a snapshot of both the hope and despair found in the region. Mirroring the hopes for my ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer Taw - Goodreads

Delisle offers a desultory description of the year he spent in Burma with his family while his wife was stationed there with MSF. There are oblique observations about living in a foreign place ... Read full review

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