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´.
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.
Little people, simple lives, modest dreams, traditional beliefs, petty fights, tragic accidents, and the dictates of the authorities: how fishermen alienate themselves from nature and lose their moorings is told in a patchwork, poetic narrative of rare beauty. A 1980s masterpiece to defy time and tide.
Sex, guilt and retribution. Apparently inspired by the goings-on at a neighbouring palace during the author's childhood, this 1965 novel is set in the expansive residence of a retired nobleman whose carnal excesses set the tone for the whole community. The story focuses on the sexual rivalry between His Lordship and his despised son, Jan Darra, who turns out not to be his son at all and who, in time, will reap revenge over his tormentor. Erotic pleasures described in hyperbolic, neoclassical fashion are merely a pretext to create in intricate detail a self-contained microcosm ruled by lust if not passion and by scheming self-interest.
With its skilful construction, psychological insights, lush prose and steamy yet inoffensive sex scenes, not to mention its overly Buddhist moral stance, this is an exceptional novel with few equivalents in the world of literature.
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 .
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)
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.