Not Out of Hate: A Novel of Burma
by Ma Ma Lay
contributions by Margaret Aung-Thwin and William Frederick
Ohio University Press, 1991
Paper: 978-0-89680-167-7 | eISBN: 978-0-89680-459-3
Library of Congress Classification PL3986.5.E5M3 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 895.833

Not Out of Hate is the first Burmese novel to be translated into English and published outside of Myanmar. It offers unusual insights into the social history of the late colonial period. Set in pre-World War II Burmese society, the story centers on the relationship and marriage of seventeen-year-old Way Way with U Saw Han, a much older Burmese agent for a British trading company. The subtle but deep misunderstandings they experience mirror the cultural confrontation of Eastern and Western values in modern society, still evident in Burmese life today. The work is also a poignant and pointed commentary on a young woman's struggle against a suffocating love.

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