Freedom from Fear and Other Writings

Aung San Suu Kyi, Author, Aung S. Kyi, Author, Aung, Author
Aung San Suu Kyi, Author, Aung S. Kyi, Author, Aung, Author Penguin Books $12 (368p) ISBN 978-0-14-017136-5
Reviewed on: 12/02/1991
Release date: 12/01/1991
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Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for courageous leadership of the Burmese people in their battle against authoritarian rule. The forthright condemnation of the regime that resulted in the activist's house arrest is clearly expressed in the essays in this volume. Part one--which describes Burma's political, intellectual and literary history--includes a moving yet unsentimental biography of the author's father, Aung San. Clearly a role model, though he was assassinated when she was only two, Aung San was a seminal figure in the Burmese struggle for independence in the 1940s. Part two contains a series of essays on democracy and human rights. Of particular interest is Aung San Suu Kyi's brief statement in response to a nomination for political office. Though under house arrest at the time, she accepted ``out of respect for the decision taken by my party in accordance with democratic practices.'' Part three presents tributes to Aung San Suu Kyi by friends and scholars. Ann Pasternak Slater candidly recalls the human rights activist as a student at Oxford becoming initiated into Western ways. A visiting professor at Harvard, Aris is the author's husband. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
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