On the Road to Mandalay by Mya Than Tint
Portraits of Ordinary Burmese People
Inspired by Chicago journalist Stud Terkel's accounts of hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans, Rangoon based writer Mya Than Tint introduces us to thirty-four of Burma's forty-four million 'ordinary people', the a-nya-ta-ra. As he travelled through Burma on literacy lecture tours in the late 1980s, he encountered porters, sailors, fortune-tellers, waitresses, artists and petty criminals 'on the road to Mandalay'.
Their stories were published in Burma in the Kalya magazine. Himself a prolific translator into Burmese of eastern and western classical works of literature, this is Mya Than Tint's first major work to be translated into English.
284 pages with B&W Illustrations