CHAN CHAO | One Picture Book #05: Letter From P.L.F. (Burma)

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CHAN CHAO | One Picture Book #05: Letter From P.L.F. (Burma)

150.00

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ISBN: 1-59005-016-9
Hardcover, 5 12 x 7 1/4, 16 pages, 1 four-color plate, 2 original C-type prints.

Hallo! Dear Naing Naing, I am so sorry for not writing you earlier. Do you remember Myint Zaw, General Secretary of D.A.B.? He died in March by sickness. All the place you had been with us in Hteekabalae are fallen into enemy’s hand. I was in the area when the enemy approached. I sent my men to the front and have to leave quickly. I was told by my men to leave they don’t let me know because they didn’t want me to worry.... Chan Chao’s first book, Burma: Something Went Wrong (Nazraeli Press, 2000), showed us a region in constant turmoil, whose people have been at war with themselves for generations, where violence and death, nevertheless, provide a backdrop to what is still a golden land. Letter from P.L.F. (Burma) pays respect to two of the guerilla fighters so gently portrayed by Chao: Myint Zaw and Aye Saung. The book is built around a single letter of correspondence sent to Chao in 1997 by Aye Saung. The brief letter relays news of a friend’s death, a fighter’s struggle, and a movement’s dreams and setbacks. While the letter and accompanying portraits are specific to Burma in 1997, the themes found in Letter from P.L.F. are universal, making this an artists’ book of the highest order. Limited quantity.

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