Sunday, January 4, 2009

Survivor memoirs

In anticipating the forthcoming publication of Bou Meng's memoir, Bou Meng: A Survivor from Khmer Rouge Prison s-21, to be published by DC Cam sometime very soon, and as I keep getting asked questions about survivor accounts and memoirs from the Khmer Rouge years, I'm listing below the memoirs of that time that I'm aware of. I'm sure I've missed some out, so let me know if you spot any omissions. I have asterisked the Top 10 books I recommend you buy. And my favourite, well it must be the incredible A Cambodian Odyssey of Haing S Ngor with Roger Warner.

**Denise Affonco: To The End of Hell: One Woman's Struggle to Survive Cambodia's Khmer Rouge (2007)
Var Hong Ashe: From Phnom Penh to Paradise: Escapr from Cambodia (1988)
Joan Criddle & Teeda Butt Mam: To Destroy You Is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian family (1987)
**Dith Pran; Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors (1997)
Adam Fifield: A Blessing Over Ashes: The Remarkable Odyssey of My Cambodian Brother (2000)
**Chanrithy Him: When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge (2000)
Sokreaksa Himm: The Tears of My Soul (2003): After The Heavy Rain (2007)
Vannary Imam: When Elephants Fight: A Memoir (2000)
Bree Lafreniere: Music Through The Dark: A Tale of Survival in Cambodia (2000)
Bun T Lim; Surviving Cambodia, The Khmer Rouge Regime (2007)
Richard Lunn: Leaving Year Zero: Stories of Surviving Pol Pot's Cambodia (2004)
**Somaly Mam: The Road of Lost Innocence (2007)
Someth May: Cambodian Witness: The Autobiography of Someth May (1986)
Nancy Moyer: Escape from the Killing Fields (1991)
**Vann Nath: A Cambodian Prison Portrait: One Year in the Khmer Rouge's S-21 (1999)
**Haing S Ngor & Roger Warner: A Cambodian Odyssey (1987)
Kim Chou Oeng & Marchelle Hammack: Climbing Back Up: The Killing Fields of Cambodia and Phnom Dangrek The Untold Story (2003)
U Sam Oeur: Crossing Three Wildernesses (2005)
Chileng Pa & Carol A Mortland: Escaping the Khmer Rouge: A Cambodian Memoir (2008)
Clare Pastore: Chantrea Conway's Story: A Voyage from Cambodia in 1975 (2001)
Laurence Picq: Beyond The Horizon (1989)
Sydney Schanberg: The Death & Life of Dith Pran (1985)
Vione Schow: Phay Vanneth: Dead or Alive? (2002)
Theary C Seng: Daughter of the Killing Fields (2005)
Vatey Seng: The Price We Paid (2005)
Gail Sheehy: Spirit of Survival (1986)
Darina Siv: Never Come Back: A Cambodian's Journey (2000)
**Sichan Siv: Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America (2008)
Dara O Sok: The First 22nd Years (2008)
Sam Sotha: In The Shade of A Quiet Killing Place (2007)
Sophal Leng Staff: Hear Me Now: Tragedy in Cambodia (1996)
**Martin Stuart-Fox & Bun Heang Ung: The Murderous Revolution: Life & Death in Pol Pot's Kampuchea (1985)
Molyda Szymusiak: The Stones Cry Out: A Cambodian Childhood 1975-80 (1987)
Vek Huong Taing: Ordeal In Cambodia (1980)
Champ S Teng: Cambodia, As I Remember: The True Story of a Beautiful Country Under War (2002)
Saoran Pol La Tour & Vivian Kirkbride: Vantha's Whisper (2002)
**Loung Ung: First They Killed My Father (2000); Lucky Child (2005)
Ma Vany: Life In Danger (2002)
Oni Vitandham: On The Wings of A White Horse (2006)
Carol Wagner: Soul Survivors - Stories of Women and Children in Cambodia (2002)
Usha Welaratna: Beyond the Killing Fields: Voices of Nine Cambodian Survivors in America (1993)
Ly Y: Heaven Becomes Hell: A Survivor's Story of Life Under the Khmer Rouge (2000)
**Pin Yathay: Stay Alive, My Son (1987)
Bun Yom: Bun's Story - Tomorrow I'm Dead (2005)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Andy; I actually read "The First 22nd Years" by Dara O. Sok and feel that it's pretty good; he explained a lot about how he grew up and such; although it's not much detail about his experiences in Cambodia cause he wasn't there too long; mainly about him escaping the turmoil then and then how he grew up in the States; i like it all the same.. also I found another of the author's other book and writing; it's a continuation of his writing; it's call "ShinShin-Igami, The Bastard Torn and the Succubus they Slept With? And that too is well written; you should check it out.

October 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM  

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