Saturday, July 24, 2010

Being bookish

Those lovely people at River Books are at it again. They've just published in paperback a 152-page, with 172 colour photos, in-depth study of preah bots, those beautifully painted Buddhist scrolls that are to be found in Cambodia. The book, Preah Bot: Buddhist painted scrolls in Cambodia is written by the duo of Vittorio Roveda and Sothon Yem, who were also responsible for the wonderful Buddhist Painting in Cambodia tome. I haven't seen their latest publication yet as I'm still wading my way through their previous one. And it looks like there will be a book launch for John Burgess and his Stories In Stone: The Sdok Kok Thom Inscription & the Enigma of Khmer History on Thursday 19 August (6pm) at Monument Books in Phnom Penh.
Another new book that sounds intriguing is Foxy Lady: Truth, Memory and the Death of Western Yachtsmen in Democratic Kampuchea, in which investigative journalist David Kattenburg delves into the murder of four Americans, two Australians, an Englishman, a New Zealander and a Canadian by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. The book chronicles the life and times of the Canadian, Stuart Robert Glass – his restless youth in British Columbia; his travels across Europe, North Africa and Asia; his forays into drug smuggling; his brutal 1978 death on board a little yacht called Foxy Lady. Stuart’s shipmates, Kiwi Kerry Hamill and Brit John Dewhirst, would suffer a worse fate, dragged off to Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh, charged with being CIA spies, tortured for a few months and then killed. It also focuses on the career of the S-21 chief Comrade Duch and includes interviews with former guards at the prison. The publisher is the Key Publishing House in Toronto, Canada. Kerry Hamill's brother Rob is currently in Phnom Penh, waiting to attend the Comrade Duch verdict which is set to be heard on Monday morning.

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