June 8, 2023


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Burma: Review –The King in Exile : The Fall of the Royal Family of Burma

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Susan Cunningham reviews Sudha Shah’s book on Burma’s last royals: LARB

Myanmar’s last royal family, summarily ousted by British colonizers more than 125 years ago, hasn’t been a sensitive subject since independence in 1948. But less than three years ago, The King in Exile by Sudha Shah might have run afoul of censors just for noting that Taw Phaya Galae, a grandson of the last Burmese royal couple and one of her sources, served a stint in prison after participating in the squelched 1988-1990 democracy movement. It is one of many signs of change that an edition of Shah’s family biography, already available in English in Myanmar, will soon be published in Burmese.

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