Politician and Other Stories, Theby Khamsing Srinawk
Translated by Dommern Garden; Introduced by Herbert P. Phillips
This new edition of The Politician and Other Stories contains seventeen short stories, five more than the last edition, all written by contemporary Thai writer Khamsing Srinawk, selected as the National Artist in Literature in 1992. In contrast to the literature of social protest which portrays characters as stereotyped victims of social oppression,
Khamsing's characters are rich and variegated, sparkling with individuality. These entertaining stories form a window through which to glimpse the unpretentious yet heroic lives of rural Thai villagers in the second half of the twentieth century.
About the Author
KHAMSING SRINAWK (pseud. Lao Khamhawm) was born in 1930 and grew up in Northeast Thailand. He entered the Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University, and also studied journalism at Chulalongkorn University. His varied experience as peasant, farmer, journalist, forest ranger, research assistant, and traveling sewing machine salesman provides rich material for his stories.
What Others Are Saying
With sarcastic humor and a unique writing style, [Khamsing] cleverly makes his readers aware of the social problems faced by the rural poor. —National Culture Commission
Khamsing Srinawk... is widely acknowledged as Thailand's most accomplished short-story writer.—Professor Herbert P. Phillips, Modern Thai Literature