THE BLIND EARTHWORK IN THE LABYRINTHASIAN ART MUSEUM
The Blind Earthworm in the Labyrinth won the 2015 S.E.A. Award, Southeast Asia’s most prestigious literary prize.
“Nitiprapha’s feverish and dreamy novel … is a tour de force that looks at the romantic ideals that come to us from stories and songs, and how they can cause us to lose our way, like blind earthworms in a labyrinth. Compelled to write this book after seeing the clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in Thailand in 2010, [she] seems to suggest that, just like romanticizing love, romanticizing political leaders can lead to madness and delusion. … Melodramatic and mesmerizing, the book dives deep into love and comes up smelling of roses.” -The Straits Times newspaper (Singapore)
Dangerous and irresistible, this story can be read either as a nod to old-fashioned Thai romances, or as a sophisticated, literary upgrade of the soap opera drama, or as a bitter commentary on the myths, smokescreens and delusions that disorient people.
The author’s lyrical prose is enchanting. Her language has a hazy cinematic effect as characters maneuver through magical remembrances of events gone by, often failing to confront the problems right in front of them.
Nitiprapha Veerapon’s second novel The Dusk of Buddhist Era and Memory of Black Rose Cat, won S.E.A. Write Award in 2018, making her the first woman to win the literary award twice. She lives in Bangkok.
- Author: Nitiprapha Veeraporn
- Published 2019
- 206 pages, softcover
- 8 X 5 ½ inches