Duanwad Pimwana with Mui Poopoksakul
We are delighted, with the Gardner Center, and the support of two excellent non-profit literary presses, Two Lines and Feminist Press, to present this evening with award-winning Thai fiction writer Duanwad Pimwana and translator Mui Poopoksakul. The occasion is publication of two of Ms. Pimawana’s works into English, the novel Bright (Two Lines) and the story collection, Arid Dreams (Feminist Press).
Bright received the 2003 SEA Write Award when it was first published - Southeast Asia’s most prestigious literary prize. It’s a gritty, ‘realistic’ depiction of village life in present-day Thailand. “Duanwad Pimwana has a knack for finding the gap between who we are and who we’d like to be, and deftly inserting her scalpel there. Across the villages and cities of Thailand, her characters exist in a state of constant anxiety, unable to fit in but having nowhere else to go.” —Jeremy Tiang.
Of Arid Dreams, Preti Taneja notes, “Arid Dreams is stark, sly, and unsparingly brilliant. Here is a writer unafraid to pick up the scalpel of her prose and use it to cut to the bone. Each story is more compelling than the last, each combines dark humor with deeper truths about human desire and depravity. I couldn’t look away.” This is just the beginning for translations of Duanwad Pimwana’s work, as she is the author of nine books. Mui Poopoksakul has also translated Thai writer Pabda Yoon.
Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS. Free admission.