sightseeing - rattawut lapcharoensapYears after reading Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s short fiction collection, Sightseeing, the memory of its stories still makes me smile. It led by example in writing Thailand from the perspective of Thai characters, and bittersweetly, sometimes humorously, exposing the gauche in tourism of Southeast Asia (with, among other scenarios, a dalliance on an elephant). It was a lovely example of English literature shunning exhausted tropes of our region.

Set in Thailand.

Recommended by Khairani Barokka: most recently the author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis Press, 2016) and co-editor with Ng Yi-Sheng of HEAT: An Anthology of Southeast Asian Urban Writing (Buku Fixi Publishing, 2016).

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