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Born Kulap Saipradit (1905-1974), Siburapha has enjoyed a checkered reputation in the Thai literary world. While he won recognition as a popular and accomplished writer of romantic novels at the outset of his career in the late twenties, his later work of the post-war period reflects a more politically committed view of the role of the writer and the function of literature. Imprisoned from 1952 to 1957, Siburapha subsequently sought asylum in China, where he remained for the rest of his life. Thereafter his name became taboo until critics and readers rediscovered him in the more liberal atmosphere of the early seventies. This volume brings together Siburapha's most highly acclaimed novel, Behind the Painting, written in 1937, and three of his post-war stories. A confessional novel set partly against an exotic Japanese background, Behind the Painting skillfully evokes a young man's awakening to the frailty of his own romantic feelings. The short stories--including "Those Kind of People," "Lend Us a Hand," and "The Awakening"--convey genuine anger and passion. This volume offers the first English translation of Siburapha's fiction.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9747551144 ISBN13 9789747551143
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Love story illuminating class differences in Thailand Feb 17, 1999
Behind the Painting remains one of Thailand's most cherished novels. On the surface it chronicles the romance and eventual heartbreak between a married woman visiting Japan and her young guide, an overseas Thai student. Beyond that however, it is also a portrait of the end of the Thai aristocracy at the heels of the new bourgouis class. Kiralee, the young wife of a retired aristocrat, accompanies her husband on a trip to Japan. There, they are met by an overseas Thai student who has been assigned as their guide throughout their visit. Love soon begins to blossom between the two, only to be stunted by the woman's return to Thailand. Heartbroken, the young student buries himself in his career only to discover that upon his own return to Thailand several years later, he has forgotten the woman he once loved. She, however, has never forgoteen him.