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Rory MacLean UNDER THE DRAGON Signed Hardback

First edition, second print hardback of Travels in a Betrayed Land published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited in 1998. Signed by MacLean on the title page
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First edition, second print hardback of UNDER THE DRAGON: Travels in a Betrayed Land by Rory MacLean and published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited, London in 1998. Signed by MacLean on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine which has minor creasing to the bottom spine edges) with only slight wear to the pictorial dust jacket which is not price clipped (minor creasing to the edges and a one centimeter closed tear to the top corner). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. There is slight tanning to the pages and a Waterstones sticker at the back.

Rory MacLean - Canadian travel writer living in the UK and Berlin whose best known works are Stalin’s Nose, a black and surreal travelogue through eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Magic Bus, a history of the Asia Overland hippie trail. MacLean was born in Vancouver and graduated from Upper Canada College and Ryerson University. For ten years he made movies with moderate success, working with David Hemmings and Ken Russell in England, David Bowie in Berlin and Marlene Dietrich in Paris. In 1989 he won The Independent inaugural travel writing competition and changed from screen to prose writing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has written eight travel books and written and presented over 50 programmes for BBC radio.

MacLean’s first book, Stalin's Nose (1992), told the story of a journey from Berlin to Moscow in a Trabant and became a UK top ten best-seller, winning the Yorkshire Post's Best First Work prize. William Dalrymple called it, ‘the most extraordinary debut in travel writing since Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia’. Colin Thubron considered the book to be ‘a surreal masterpiece’. His second book The Oatmeal Ark (1997) followed, exploring immigrant dreams from Scotland and across Canada and inspiring John Fowles to write, 'Such a book as this rather marvellously explains why literature still lives'. It was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Then, when the chance arose to meet the Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, MacLean travelled to Burma. Under the Dragon (1998) tells the tragic story of the betrayed land and won an Arts Council of England Writers' Award.

"'To us you tourists are like stars in the night sky, we hope a little bit of that light will shine on us.'

For ten years the memory of a chance visit to Burma had haunted Rory MacLean. Ten years ago its people rose up against their military government. The unarmed demonstrators were cut down, leaving more than five thousand people dead. In Under the Dragon, MacLean returns to Burma the betrayed land, travelling from a decaying Rangoon to the heart of the golden triangle, meeting the victims and perpetrators of the uprising. He rides with a hill tribe warlord, shares tea with a Burmese government censor and is trapped into a karaoke evening with a group of singing Chinese businessmen.

He learns about the economics of the heroin trade in Burma and the tragedy of child prostitution. He meets the most courageous and principled woman of our age, Aung San Suu Kyi, imprisoned leader of the democratic opposition party. And on his journeys, he unravels a paradox of selfless generosity and sinister greed in a country stitched together by live and fear. "

'I cannot imagine a better book on the beauty and terror of Burma. Read it. Read it. Read it.' - Fergal Keane

'Shines with an almost unbearable poignancy...a beautiful insight into this unhappy land.' - Colin Thubron, The Times

'It will make you cry and it will give you hope. It travels through modern decayed Rangoon, into the hills with warlords of their tribes, to the heart of government at its most sinister, and to the place where the best books go - inside you. It is astonishingly good.' - Jeanette Winterson

'a work of great political commitment, powered above all by the author's outrage at the injustices, brutalisation and mass violation of human rights that he witnessed in Burma' - William Dalrymple

224 pages.

ISBN: 0 00 257013 0


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