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Somerset Maugham: The Eastern Gentleman

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Somerset Maugham set sail for British Burma in 1923 expecting tigers, pythons, headhunters, and strange exotic fruits; instead, he found a power hierarchy tottering under the weight of self-importance.

George Orwell’s Indian Days and Burmese Nights

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George Orwell’s extraordinary talent for understanding the human race was born from the streets and back alleys of British India and Myanmar; these Eastern lands informed one of the greatest literary minds of the Western world.

The Quiet Englishman: Graham Greene’s Saigon

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Graham Greene’s Saigon was a different world, a planet all its own where the fictional Thomas Fowler from the Quiet American was yet unborn.

Time for a Tiger: Anthony Burgess in Malaysia

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Long before the dystopian Clockwork Orange hit shelves, Southeast Asia would see Anthony Burgess in Malaysia; a grammar school teacher would go to Malaysia and Singapore to make his name with the Malayan Trilogy.

Noir Guide to Bangkok: A Darker Look at Thailand’s Capital

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Author and filmmaker James Newman takes readers on a dark walk through Thailand’s capital, a journey through the more noir world of Bangkok.