Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A quick history of Lao literature

When you are looking at nearly 600+ years of a literary tradition, that's a lot of ground to cover. In English, one of the best places to start can be found in the introductory essay of scholar Peter Koret that served as the forward to the classic short story collection, Mother's Beloved (Phaeng Mae) by Outhine Bounyavong.

This essay is currently archived online at: and is strongly encouraged as essential reading for anyone with an interest in the journey of Lao poetry, short stories and novels. Peter Koret has recently been finishing a number of additional essays which will hopefully be available to the public soon.

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