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The Sad Part Was by Prabda Yoon

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award Evocative, erudite and often very funny stories of Bangkok life --The Guardian

In these witty, postmodern stories, Yoon riffs on pop culture, experiments with punctuation, flirts with sci-fi and, in a metafictional twist, mocks his own position as omnipotent author. Highly literary, his narratives offer an oblique reflection of contemporary Bangkok life, exploring the bewildering disjunct and oft-hilarious contradictions of a modernity that is at odds with many traditional Thai ideas on relationships, family, school and work.Credited with having 'brought fresh energy to Thai literature with his distinctive urban voice', Yoon's is the voice of a new generation, responding to his country's recent and rapid urbanisation with fresh, off-beat perspectives and exciting formal innovation.

The collection from which the majority of the stories in The Sad Part Was are taken made the young author a household name in Thailand and won the South East Asia Writers Award. Two of its stories have been excerpted in Two Lines Journal, and Yoon already has a fan in prominent critic Scott Esposito. One story is currently being made into a feature film.

Number of pages: 192 
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm