I discovered Rattawut Lapcharoensap's book in a Bangkok bookstore (Asia Books). Rattawut did his advanced studies in the US, and this his first book is a collection of short stories, set in his native Thailand. I enjoyed the speed of his prose especially in Don't Let Me Die in This Place and Cockfighter. The farang lurks in every tale, tales of family, of parent and child, of people in a complex society, and of how the farang impinges on Thai life.
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