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Sunthorn Phu: The Shakespeare of Siam

The birthday of Thailand’s most revered writer on June 26 is an occasion for performances of the work of Sunthorn Phu and remembrances of his legacy, writes Jim Algie in the June 2019 issue of Sawasdee.  Looking around the Sunthorn Phu Memorial Park in Rayong province...

George Orwell Brigade Reclaims His Turf

The spirit of George Orwell, and his writings in 1984 and Animal Farm, is alive and giving hell to amoral authoritarians everywhere in this new anthology In a digital age and so-called “post-truth” era of fake news, when attenuated attention spans have...

Bangkok Noir: The Tell-Tale Art

Crime and corruption, hookers and hitmen, the new anthology Bangkok Noir makes a case for hardboiled crime fiction in the Thai capital with bullet points. Jim Algie reads you their writes In the middle of 2011, some eight years after the Thai government’s “War on...

Review: Vulture Peak by John Burdett

THE PEAK OF THE FLESH TRADE By Jim Algie Starting with the first shot, the brilliantly warped Bangkok 8, the series of John Burdett mysteries starring the Thai-American detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep have traded on flesh: of sex workers and the transgendered, the skin...