I also received an advance review copy of Thierry Cruvellier's The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer - yes, its about the trial of Comrade Duch - from William at Monument Books. It should be on sale at Monument late next month for $25. Hardback edition, 326 pages, published by ecco/HarperCollins.
Met a rep from a new hotel recently opened in Pursat town, midway between Phnom Penh and Battambang and felt a pang of sorrow for the hotel, the KM Hotel, and how they will fill their 148 rooms in a town that people, generally speaking, whizz through on their way to somewhere else. Highway 5 aint too bad these days and you can do the PPenh to BBang trip in about five hours. You might stop for a bite to eat in Pursat, or for a wee, but to be honest, the only tourist this hotel will see is a Khmer one. Foreigners stopping a night in Pursat will be, hmmm, let me think, a big fat zero. Then another rep arrived from a new hotel to open later this year in Siem Reap. 5-star and to be called J7 Hotel, after the famous Khmer king, yet I'm told the hotel will be designed in a classical neo-Roman style. Duh!...J7 and it'll be Romanesque. I don't get it.