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Words from the Fire: Three Cambodian Women Writers

Words from the Fire: Three Cambodian Women Writers S H A R O N M A Y Pal Vannariraks Pal Vannariraks is a well-known writer of social and sentimental novels in Cambodia. Two of her books, The New Horizon of Hope and The Waning Moon Has Already Passed, won first and second prizes in the Seventh of January literary competition in 1989. Her novel Unforgettable won a Raj Sihanouk prize in 1995. With the assistance of translator Cheam Kosal, the following interview was conducted in December 2002 at her home in Phnom Penh. SM In the 1980s, you got your start by hand writing novels and selling them to rental shops. Can you talk about that? PV At the time, we didn't have publishers. There were no typewriters, no computers. We wrote in hundred-page notebooks. A novel was two or three of these, bound together. From about 1984 to 1985, I wrote thirty to forty stories like this. We wrote by hand and sold the books to shops that made copies and rented them out. Mao Somnang wrote a lot of these books too. At that time, most of the writing had to be about socialism. These kinds of stories--ordinary stories or love stories--were not about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Words from the Fire: Three Cambodian Women Writers

Manoa , Volume 16 (1)

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S H A R O N M A Y Pal Vannariraks Pal Vannariraks is a well-known writer of social and sentimental novels in Cambodia. Two of her books, The New Horizon of Hope and The Waning Moon Has Already Passed, won first and second prizes in the Seventh of January literary competition in 1989. Her novel Unforgettable won a Raj Sihanouk prize in 1995. With the assistance of translator Cheam Kosal, the following interview was conducted in December 2002 at her home in Phnom Penh. SM In the 1980s, you got your start by hand writing novels and selling them to rental shops. Can you talk about that? PV At the time, we didn't have publishers. There were no typewriters, no computers. We wrote in hundred-page notebooks. A novel was two or three of these, bound together. From about 1984 to 1985, I wrote thirty to forty stories like this. We wrote by hand and sold the books to shops that made copies and rented them out. Mao Somnang wrote a lot of these books too. At that time, most of the writing had to be about socialism. These kinds of stories--ordinary stories or love stories--were not about

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