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Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop

-By Emma Larkin

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A journey through Burma in which George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four vision becomes and eerie reality.

Burma, where George Orwell worked as an officer in the Imperial police force, is currently ruled by one of the oldest and most brutal military dictatorships in the world. Emma Larkin presents a side to the country that the regime does not want revealed: a hidden world that can be found only in whispered conversations, covered books and the potent rumours wafting like vapours through the country's teashops. Starting in the former royal city of Mandalay, she travelled through the moody delta regions on the edge of the Bay of Bengal, to the mildewed splendour of the old port town Moulmein, and ending her journey in the mountains of the far north, in the forgotten town Orwell used as the setting for Burmese Days. Visiting the places where Orwell lived and meeting the people who live there today, Emma Larkin gives a vivid and moving portrait of a people for whom reading is resistance. short..

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ISBN-13 9780719556951
Publisher John Murray General Publishing Division
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Number of Pages 240
Publication Date 21032005
Language English
Binding Paperback