|Author||Kyaw Zwa Moe|
Kyaw Zwa Moe’s “The Cell, Exile and the New Burma” is a vivid and personal account of the struggle to overcome the conflict and political repression that continue to thwart the national ambitions of unity and prosperity that burned so brightly upon Burma’s independence seven decades ago. As a student activist, political prisoner, exiled journalist and now editor of The Irrawaddy, he has personally witnessed a large portion of that struggle. The articles and essays collected here were written over a period of 17 years. They offer unsparing recollections of the toll his activism took on his family and the harrowing details of prison life. But these are always presented as part of a broader narrative, one that spans Burma’s colonial and wartime occupation through independence and dictatorship right up to the heady days of the 2012 by-election that launched the country’s ongoing democratic transition.