In one of the most brilliant and intrepid memoirs in recent memory, Emma Larkin tells of the year she spent travelling through Burma, using as a compass the life and work of George Orwell, whom many of Burma's underground teahouse intellectuals call simply the prophet . In stirring, insightful prose, she provides a powerful reckoning with one of the world's least free countries. Finding George Orwell in Burma is a brave and revelatory reconnaissance of modern Burma, one of the world's grimmest and most shuttered dictatorships, where the term Orwellian aptly describes the life endured by the country's people. This book has come to be regarded as a classic of reportage and travel and a crucial book for anyone interested in Burma and George Orwell.
Emma Larkin is the pseudonym for an American writer who was born, raised, and still lives in Asia. She studied the Burmese langauge at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and has been visiting Burma for more than 15 years. She is also the author of Everything is Broken.