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  • Published: 1 October 1997
  • ISBN: 9780141039534
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Letters From Burma



Timely reissue of Suu Kyi's two remarkable books - the only outlet for the imprisoned pro-democracy leader's thoughts, hopes and fears

In these unforgettable letters, Aung San Suu Kyi reaches out beyond Burma's borders to paint for her readers a vivid and poignant picture of her native land.

Here she celebrates the courageous army officers, academics, actors and everyday people who have supported the National League for Democracy, often at great risk to their own lives. She reveals the impact of political decisions on the people of Burma, from the terrible cost to the children of imprisoned dissidents - allowed to see their parents for only fifteen minutes every fortnight - to the effect of inflation on the national diet and of state repression on traditions of hospitality. She also evokes the beauty of the country's seasons and scenery, customs and festivities, that remain so close to her heart.

Through these remarkable letters, the reader catches a glimpse of exactly what is at stake as Suu Kyi fights on for freedom in Burma, and of the love for her homeland that sustains her non-violent battle.

  • Published: 1 October 1997
  • ISBN: 9780141039534
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the authors

Aung San Suu Kyi

Born in 1945 and educated at Oxford University, Aung San Suu Kyi married Dr Michael Aris and brought up their children in Oxford. In 1988 she returned to Burma to care for her dying mother but was caught in a national revolt against political repression. She became the leader of the reform movement. After many years of house arrest, she has become a member of the Burmese Parliament and continues to work towards the freedom and modernization of her country.

Alan Clements is a journalist, writer and human rights activist. He lived in Burma for many years in the 70s and 80s, nearly 5 years as a monk. He is the co-founder and director of the Burma Project USA/Canada, as well as a political satirist, performing his theatrical monologue to audiences around the world.

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