Everything Is Broken | Granta

  • Published: 07/07/2011
  • ISBN: 9781847081896
  • 129x20mm
  • 288 pages

Everything Is Broken

Emma Larkin

On 2 May 2008, an enormous tropical cyclone made landfall in Burma. The cyclone wreaked untold havoc, but the regime, in an unfathomable decision of near-genocidal proportions, blocked international aid from entering the country, and provided little relief themselves. Emma Larkin, who has been travelling to and secretly reporting on Burma for years, managed to arrange for a tourist visa in those frenzied days and arrived to chaos. Hundreds of thousands of Burmese citizens lacked food, drinking water and basic shelter. In Everything is Broken, Larkin not only exposes the extent of the damage, but provides a singular portrait of the generals responsible for compounding the tragedy, examining in revealing detail the historical, religious and superstitious setting that created Burma’s tenacious and brutal dictatorship.

For those who want to know what it's like to be a Burmese inside today's Burma, Emma Larkin's Everything is Broken provides the fullest picture currently available

Christian Science Monitor

Shocking first-hand account of life under Burmese military dictatorship, focusing on the aftermath of the devastating cyclone in 2008 ... a reportage classic

The Bookseller

Orwell, in his Burmese Days, didn't write more vividly than this

Literary Review

The Author

EMMA LARKIN grew up in Bangkok and still lives in Thailand. She is the author of Finding George Orwell in Burma and Everything is Broken.

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