Out of the Shadows of Angkor: Cambodian Poetry, Prose, and Performance through the Ages

Paperback: $25.00
ISBN-13: 9780824894542
Published: September 2022

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384 pages | 9 color and 9 b&w illustrations
  • About the Book
  • With nearly 400 pages, Out of the Shadows of Angkor: Cambodian Poetry, Prose, and Performance through the Ages is an outstanding collection of classic and contemporary writing. The volume emerges from the thirty-year effort of a community to gather Cambodian literary and cultural works. In doing so, they not only translated rare works into English for the first time, but also helped to rescue writing lost during the Khmer Rouge regime (1975–1979).

    Readers will find the following and more:
    –Cambodian writing ranging over fourteen hundred years, from the seventh century to the present;
    –translations of classical texts;selections of modern Cambodian poetry, prose, and folk theater;
    –contemporary writings by Cambodian refugees and children of the diaspora living in countries from Australia to the United States, Canada, and Europe;
    –visual art, including oil paintings by Theanly Chov and excerpts from a graphic novel by Tian Veasna.

    “The work included in Out of the Shadows of Angkor is just a part of the vast, diverse repertoire of Cambodian literature created by those born in Cambodia, in the camps, and in new lands. Soth Polin once told me, ‘What we have lost is indescribable . . . what we have lost is not reconstructable. An epoch is finished. So when we have literature again, it will be a new literature.’ We hope this book brings out of the shadows some of the lost, hidden, and emerging gems of Cambodian literature—past, present, and moving into the future.” —From the overview essay by guest editor Sharon May

  • About the Author(s)
    • Frank Stewart, Series Editor

      Frank Stewart is a writer, translator, and founding editor of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. He is professor emeritus of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
    • Sharon May, Editor

      Sharon May is a writer and photographer. She researched the Khmer Rouge regime for Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights, and guest-edited In the Shadow of Angkor: Contemporary Writing from Cambodia (Mānoa, 2004).
    • Christophe Macquet, Editor

      Christophe Macquet is a translator and writer. He was a professor and coordinator of a literary translation program at the Department of French Language of the Royal University of Phnom Penh from 1994 to 2004.
    • Trent Walker, Editor

      Trent Walker is a postdoctoral fellow of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies and a lecturer in religious studies at Stanford University. He is a specialist in the traditional manuscripts and changing practices of mainland Southeast Asia.
    • Phina So, Editor

      Phina So co-founded Kampu Mera Editions, an independent press in Cambodia, and founded the Khmer Literature Festival. She is the knowledge, network, and policy program manager at Cambodian Living Arts.
    • Rinith Taing, Editor

      Rinith Taing is a Cambodian journalist and translator. He received the International Ulrich Wickert Award for Children's Rights for his 2019 article "Children of the Night."
    • Vaddey Ratner, Introducer