Everything Is Broken

Life Inside Burma

Emma Larkin

Published: 7 July 2011
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 288 pages
ISBN: 9781847081896


On 2 May 2008, an enormous tropical cyclone made landfall in Burma. The cyclone wreaked untold havoc, but the regime, in an unfathomable decision of near-genocidal proportions, blocked international aid from entering the country, and provided little relief themselves. Emma Larkin, who has been travelling to and secretly reporting on Burma for years, managed to arrange for a tourist visa in those frenzied days and arrived to chaos. Hundreds of thousands of Burmese citizens lacked food, drinking water and basic shelter. In Everything is Broken, Larkin not only exposes the extent of the damage, but provides a singular portrait of the generals responsible for compounding the tragedy, examining in revealing detail the historical, religious and superstitious setting that created Burma's tenacious and brutal dictatorship.

About the author

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Emma Larkin is the pseudonym of an American writer who was born, raised and still lives in Asia. She studied the Burmese language at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and has been visiting Burma for more than fifteen years. She is the author of two books: Finding George Orwell in Burma and Everything is Broken. More about the author

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