Land of a Thousand Eyes

The subtle pleasures of everyday life in Myanmar

Peter Olszewski
AUD $29.99
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A vivid insider's account of Myanmar, one of the most inaccessible and mysterious countries in our region.

A trio of colourfully dressed women tottered and teetered delicately

through the water, holding hands, laughing. They were jewels in a sea of

shit, standing out against the muddied monochrome of the monsoon's

detritus, and they represented the admirable qualities of the Myanmar that

I had come to love: the ability not only to make do, but to giggle and

pursue life with joie de vivre, despite the deprivations dished out by the

elements or by the military masters.'

As a former rock magazine editor, editor of Australian Playboy, creator of

Nation Review's cult hero JJ McRoach, official Australian minder' to Dr

Hunter S Thompson and leader of the Australian Marijuana Party, Peter

Olszewski has lived an interesting and varied life. But all this seemed

ordinary compared to the year or so he spent in Yangon training journalists

for the main English-language newspaper, the Myanmar Times. Myanmar is a

country known mostly for its repressive military regime, so the exciting

and vivid world he found there was not the one he expected. He fell in love

with the country, the people and one woman in particular.

Land of a Thousand Eyes is a rare glimpse into one of the world's most

secretive and isolated countries.

Author bio:

Peter Olszewski has had a long career in the Australian print media as a journalist, columnist and editor. He has also worked as a radio broadcaster for English and US networks. In recent years he has worked as a freelancer, writing for many major newspapers and magazines, has been a university lecturer in journalism and communications, and most recently a journalism trainer in Myanmar. He currently lives in Queensland and doesn't have a cat.

Peter is also the author of A Dozen Dopey Yarns: Tales from the Pot Prohibition (JJ McRoach) and A Salute to the Humble Yabby.

Category: Travel writing
ISBN: 9781741145076
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2005
Page Extent: 256
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Travel writing