The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen - November 9, 2010
From a press release: The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen with Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit
The first-ever translation of the most outstanding classic in the Thai language will be launched at the Siam Society. The folk epic combines the social panorama of a nineteenth-century novel with the grand storytelling of an ancient saga. The plot is a love triangle, ending with the tragic and enigmatic death of the heroine.
Possibly dating to 1600 and originally developed in an oral tradition of storytelling, the tale has a fast-paced blend of romance, tragedy, and farce spiced with sex, warring, and the
supernatural. It was written down in the nineteenth century with two kings among the authors.
The great Thai linguist, William Gedney, believed that "if all other information on traditional Thai culture were to be lost, the whole complex could be reconstructed from this marvelous text."
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