Dark Ruby: Travels in a troubled Burma: Travels in a Troubled Land

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Hot on the heels of A Phoenix Rising, comes Zoe Schramm-Evans new travel book, taking us on an extraordinary journey through Burma (Myanmar).

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Burma – renamed Myanmar by the governing military junta in 1989 – has recently begun a huge campaign to attract tourists. ‘Visit Myanmar Year 1996’ has involved a massive building programme with 5-star hotels being thrown up at a great rate, often on forced labour. But in the West, the current image of Burma is not what the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) hoped for. Western media has shown a cruel regime brutally oppressing its people and imprisoning its elected representatives, including Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

On this, her second visit to Burma, Zoë Schramm-Evans travelled from Mergui in the far south, to Myitkyina in the north encountering SLORC military, members of the National League for Democracy, teachers, guides, journalists and shamans, astrologers, forced labourers and foreign residents. Stories of modern day Burma include accounts of back-breaking work on the roads, tales of were-tigers, spirits and flying monks. In this country of breathtaking beauty, Zoë Schramm-Evans found hospitality and fear, kindness and secret anger, a dark land of complex extremes.

About the Author:

Zoe Schramm Evans is the author of A Phoenix Rising, Impressions of Vietnam. She is a full-time writer.

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