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Myanmar author explores new literary freedom with homosexuality theme

Published on Nov 28, 2012 1:20 PM
 
This file picture taken on July 25, 2007 shows Myanmar novelist Nu Nu Yi speaking during an interview at her home in Yangon. Chunks of paragraphs from Nu Nu Yi's 1994 novel "Smile as they bow" were purged by the all-powerful censorship office - seen as an Orwellian-style arbiter of all that is fit for publication. -- PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (AFP) - As Myanmar's censors loosen their grip, one of the country's most acclaimed authors plans to republish her novel about two gay lovers, restoring sex-laced passages once deemed too risque for readers.

Chunks of paragraphs from Nu Nu Yi's 1994 novel "Smile as they bow" were purged by the all-powerful censorship office - seen as an Orwellian-style arbiter of all that is fit for publication.

For decades they vetted every article, book manuscript, photograph and illustration before publication, eliminating anything considered inflammatory or damaging to the nation's military dictators.

But the quasi-civilian government that took office last year has effectively abolished direct censorship, a totemic indicator of the reforms sweeping Myanmar as it emerges from the shadows of outright military rule.

 
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