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Not Out of Hate
A Novel of Burma

By Ma Ma Lay
Edited by William H. Frederick
Translation by Margaret Aung-Thwin
Introduction by Anna Allott
Afterword by Robert E. Vore

“Altogether this book is much more than the mere translation of a representative work: it reveals a too well hidden culture, its refinement and its depth.”

Journal of Southeast Asian Studies

“(Not Out of Hate) is complemented well by Robert Vore’s interesting afterword. Vore draws a number of parallels between Ma Ma Lay’s novel and George Orwell’s earlier Burmese Days, in which Orwell, stationed in lower Burma when Ma Ma Lay was growing up there, makes a number of similar observations about British colonial rule.”

Asian Studies Review

Not Out of Hate is the first Burmese novel to be translated into English and published outside of Myanmar. It offers unusual insights into the social history of the late colonial period. Set in pre-World War II Burmese society, the story centers on the relationship and marriage of seventeen-year-old Way Way with U Saw Han, a much older Burmese agent for a British trading company. The subtle but deep misunderstandings they experience mirror the cultural confrontation of Eastern and Western values in modern society, still evident in Burmese life today. The work is also a poignant and pointed commentary on a young woman's struggle against a suffocating love.

Ma Ma Lay (1917–1982) was modern Burma’s foremost female author as well as a tireless journalist with a vigorous intellect. She was a major participant in the creation of modern Burmese literature. Her works were realistic treatments of serious cultural and social themes.   More info →

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