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.
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.
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