Sunday, March 25, 2012

Burgess on Women

John Burgess, previously of the Washington Post and a lover of all things Cambodian, has crafted his first novel, entitled A Woman of Angkor, which will be released by River Books later this year. Set in the 12th century, Burgess' book will focus on the imaginary story of a woman in the court of the king responsible for the construction of Angkor Wat. It looks set to bring that period of history to life and to show Khmer women in a favourable light. I hope it does as good a job as Geoff Ryman's The King's Last Song, which brilliantly evoked the time of Jayavarman VII. Burgess has already published the studious Stories in Stone, which I loved. Can't wait for your new novel John.

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