Pira Sudham was born in Napo, Burirum, Northeastern Thailand. He spent his childhood in the rice fields on the Korat Plateau, helping his parents and tending a herd of buffaloes. At fourteen he was taken to Bangkok to be a servant to monks. He was also enrolled in school. He supported himself through high school and his first year in Chulalongkorn University by selling souvenirs to tourists before winning a New Zealand government scholarship to Auckland University to study English literature.
His best know book is Monsoon Country which has a sequel called The Force of Karma. Both have been revised under a single title, Shadowed Country. His short story collections are People of Esarn and Tales of Thailand and now the ebook, It is the People.
Pira Sudham now lives back in his village of Napo helping with the schooling and feeding of the many poor kids there.
Where to buy in print
It is the People: of Thailand and Other Countries
by Pira Sudham
Thailand's premier author in the English language, Pira Sudham, is for the first time published in the ebook format. Best known for his novel Monsoon Country, this is an anthology of his short stories previously published in Tales of Thailand and People of Esarn. In It is the People are stories of hardship, land loss and the tourist sex trade to which so many of the young are drawn into.
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