May 3, 2020

The canary in the black ink

What book is this? (I have not blocked the title, this is the way it appears in the bookshop).

Usually, this time of the year, I am in Rangoon. This book cover brings back memories of the 1990s Burma; sometimes, we would see magazines or newspapers with such blocked out articles or pages thanks to last minute visits by the censors. Either the editor could not find a harmless replacement article, or it was some brave editor who let the blocked section go. It was akin to the Canary In The Coal Mine” that sent a signal that some controversial incident had taken place.


Still, looking for the book? Clue: The author worked as a police chief in colonial Burma.


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