F rom new or newly confirmed talents to veteran writers such as Arjin Panjaphan, Kanokphong Songsomphan and Korn Siriwattano, thirteen of the best Thai short stories translated - for the first time ever - during the year 2013.
From Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa to Saneh Sangsuk, Uthis Haemamool and ten others, fourteen of the best Thai short stories translated - for the first time ever - during the year 2014. La fine fleur de la littérature thaïlandaise d´aujourd´hui.
A crippled boy plays with his puppets and dreams of glory until the female cobra he disturbs by his show rushes at him.
The life-and-death struggle that follows has but a predictable end - or has it?
This tale has been translated into seven European languages, not to mention Braille, has been turned into a play in Paris, and has brought immediate recognition to its author, Saneh Sangsuk, born 1957, as a `great contemporary writer´.
Who killed the old imam, and why? Your guess is as good as theirs. The novel every Thai, everyone concerned with the situation in Thailand´s deep South, should read. If only to ponder on the country's drift into collective madness.
The short story on which it was based was accused of endangering national security - thus giving it increasing relevance.
By the author of A Scattered World.
Against a background of frenzied land speculation where all sorts of dirty tricks are par for the course, who of Abbot Nian and Kharm the Medium will emerge as the Lord of the Land?
The increasingly heated competition between the main protagonists of Snakes and The Medium offers a disturbing insight into the pains of the Thai countryside in the 1990s.
By the winner of the Year 2000 SEA Write Award for his novel on cloning, Immortal.
Soldier, pimp or artist? What is Rart´s real nature? Is history repeating itself?
By the most inventive and versatile of Thai short story writers, a tale of social upheavals and human ambiguities that can be read at many levels.
When some men are cursed with immortality, they endeavour to break the curse and, if successful, turn into sea animals.
A novel of magical realism and verbal magic set on the fault line of Islam and Buddhism in Southern Thailand
Deep into the jungle, a young would-be hunter goes after a barking deer until he is stalked by a tiger - and, through the confrontation, finds himself.
This powerful novella, written in the late 1980s after years spent in the jungles of Thailand fighting the government of the day, can be read at many levels - adventure story, Buddhist tale, assessment of failed political struggle or psychological search for wisdom.
The author, born in 1952 in southern Thailand won the SEA Write Award in 1993 for a collection of short stories.
This epoch-making novel, set in the rural central Thailand of the 1980s, is a scathing satire and chilling endictment of modern society, which makes heroes of 'fuckin' cheats' and condemns upright citizens out of sheer hypocrisy.
It earned its author his first SEA Write Award in 1982.
Twelve years later, his second award, for Time, confirmed Chart Korbjitti as the most outstanding novelist of his generation
This gem of a novel, written during the Second World War, is an amazingly realistic tale of sacrifice in the name of love, at once humorous and tragic: a must-read for both teenagers and grown-ups
One way out of crippling poverty is by putting yourself at the service of the spirits of the land - folk credulity will do the rest.
Thus is born the Medium, pitting himself against unethical Buddhist monks who also exploit the spiritual needs of Thai villagers. This is the second part of Wimon Sainimnuan's celebrated Khoak Phranang Quartet.
This vivid chronicle of an upcountry district in the heart of Siam is told through the rise of Ruen, an aspiring timber trader who leads a small community of farmers in its fight against nature and against man at the turn of the last century (1890-1909). Epidemics, fires, floods, famine and banditry forge a common will to survive and prosper despite all odds. Children are born and die. Families flee and return. Under the lure of money, simple men break their words, until they know better. Freedom and friendship are the guiding principles in Ruen's fighting world. He marries Sutjai, beds her best friend Jampa, and worships Lamiat, the wife of his worst enemy. This epic social fresco and ode to human endeavour and wilfulness, written in lush, swift prose, will take you through a wide sweep of emotions.
Noble Wimon is twenty-one, beautiful, rich, independent-minded and a little conceited, but loved by all and living a charmed life.
When disaster strikes, she must take care of her numerous siblings almost single-handedly. Will she prove to be up to it as a person of quality endowed with moral rectitude?
This 1937 novel of manners is foremost in the Thai literary canon .
Take half a dozen old women, a monk, sundry vendors, a few kids, a movie director, a madman and a half-wit; add a soda bottle and the silver shadow of lotuses; shake well; and presto:
Rich and taut and sweet and tart, Time, crowned by the 1994 SEA Write Award, is a masterly cocktail of laughs and tears. A must-read for all over forty - and for all those of all ages who want to understand the changing values of Thai society and the unchanging urges and mores of man.
A writer grappling with his characters - or is it the other way around? - in an impish homage to Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
Followed by 'A tale without a name', a layered short story plugged into the age of the internet and human incommunicability.
With these two short fictions, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, a noted film critic, takes pole position in cutting-edge Thai writing.
A variety of styles and moods by seven leading Thai short story writers of today:
A traffic-wise couple - Sila Komchai Blood buds - Sila Komchai The lookers-on - Korn Siriwatthano A bamboo bridge over rapids - Seksan Prasertkul Friends - Seksan Prasertkul The muzzle - Suchart Sawasdisri The night of the falling stars - Manop Thanomsri Instructions - Sakchai Lakkhanawichian Ties that bind - Reungsak Kamthorn
What happens to common country folk when they are caught in the jaws of wayward religion and superstition?
This is what happens, at Khoak Phranang, the epicentre of rural Thailand in the 1990s.
A short, droll and dispiriting interlude before the final confrontation between the masters of spiritual spin.
Read it in Lord of the Land, the keystone of the Khoak Phranang Quartet.
L'amant ~ La poupée ~ Poumrak Pansing connaît la musique ~ Un prêté pour un rendu (une autre aventure de Poumrak Pansing) : Quatre aperçus du talent singulier du plus versatile des nouvellistes thaïlandais contemporains, entre recherche formelle et formules commerciales rodées
An ageing tycoon wants to achieve immortality by grafting his brain onto a younger body - until he is challenged by his very clone. At stake, there is more than the control of his business empire.
A Thai novel on cloning, from a Buddhism-inspired perspective - winner of the Year 2000 SEA Write Award.
Paris after the Second World War: the Left Bank, Montmartre and Picasso's dove. Wanlaya is a Thai music student with challenging ideas and challenged friends, all engaged in their own ways in a search for the true values of life.
The meaning of art, the birth of music, the evil of elitist education, the value of work, women's liberation: this swinging, iconoclastic novel of ideas, published in the early 1950s but only read twenty years later, has inspired Thai progressive circles ever since, and remains a hymn to life clamouring for change and ringing with the hopes and generosity of youth.
By the author of Ghosts (TMC 16)