Letters From Burma

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Penguin UK, Feb 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Letters from Burma - an unforgettable collection from the Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi

In these astonishing letters, Aung San Suu Kyi reaches out beyond Burma's borders to paint for her readers a vivid and poignant picture of her native land.

Here she celebrates the courageous army officers, academics, actors and everyday people who have supported the National League for Democracy, often at great risk to their own lives. She reveals the impact of political decisions on the people of Burma, from the terrible cost to the children of imprisoned dissidents - allowed to see their parents for only fifteen minutes every fortnight - to the effect of inflation on the national diet and of state repression on traditions of hospitality. She also evokes the beauty of the country's seasons and scenery, customs and festivities that remain so close to her heart.

Through these remarkable letters, the reader catches a glimpse of exactly what is at stake as Suu Kyi fights on for freedom in Burma, and of the love for her homeland that sustains her non-violent battle.

Includes an introduction from Fergal Keane

'Aung San Suu Kyi has become a global symbol of peaceful resistance, courage and apparently endless endurance' Guardian

'A real hero in an age of phony phone-in celebrity, which hands out that title freely to the most spoiled and underqualified' Bono, Time

Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of Burma's National League for Democracy. She was placed under house arrest in Rangoon in 1989, where she remained for almost 15 of the 21 years until her release in 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners. She is also the author of the collection of writings Freedom from Fear.


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User Review  - Tony2704 - LibraryThing

Somewhat repetitive but an interesting insight into life in Burma at this time. The book left me wanting to know more and therefore i felt unfulfilled Read full review

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

I originally read this in June of 2001, but the recent turmoil in Burma has led me to take it down off the shelf, and page through it again... A collection of letters from the democratically-elected ... Read full review


Introduction by Fergal Keane Map of Burma
The Road to Thamanya
At Thamanya
The Peacock and the Dragon
Young Birds Outside Cages
Breakfast Blues
Christmas in Rangoon
A Fishy Episode
Repairing the Roof
Rain Thoughts
Eight Years
A Dissidents Life
A Friend in Need
A Month of Anniversaries
Mystery Weekend

New Year Notes
An Independent Performance
A Note on Economic Policy
Months and Seasons
Visiting Rites
A Baby in the Family
Days of Rest
Union Day Dances
An Eventful Week
A Few Introductions
A Special Introduction
The Beautiful and the Ugly
Old Songs
Water Festival
Death in Custody
Some Problems of Definition
Misrule of
Uncivil Service
Strange Siege
Sequel to the Siege
Operation Anarchy
A Normal Life

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About the author (2010)

Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader Burma's National League for Democracy. She was first placed under house arrest in Rangoon in 1989, and in the summer of 2009 her confinement was extended by a further 18 months.
Her book of essays Freedom from Fear is also published by Penguin.