Fiction of Thai Writing
Fiction of Thai Writing
The Thai literary world is home to many renowned and award-winning writers of fiction, and many of these authors make the move to writing for the foreign market as well. In this article I will talk about some of my favourites of those authors who write under their pen name, and how I think their novels are written.
The first of these writers is Thanin Dechor, who has written eight books in the genre of fiction Thai and is currently working on a ninth. His first novel, ‘Gan-lun’ won the Book Prize in 2020, and it was followed up with ‘Khao Phra Yai’, which won the International Book Festival in 2020 and the Golden Tanong Award for Best First Novel.
Thanin’s most famous work, ‘The Lady Who Lived in Yangon’, is another story of his travels around the country of Thailand, and has won the award for Best Book in the category of Short Story in the 2020 Asian Literature Awards. Another one of his books, ‘The Legend of Genengo Siam’ also won an award.
Another of the well-known writers of fiction Thai is Phuoc Khun Poh, who has written around forty books of fiction, all of which have won awards for the best book or short story, and all of which are set in Thailand. One of his most popular works is ‘The Royal Treasure of Phuket’, which won the 2020 Book Prize for fiction Thai. His other books include ‘Poot Pong’, ‘Fantastic ‘Phi’.
My personal favourite of the most prolific of writers of fiction Thai is Jang Kaew Poh, who has written around eighty books of fiction in the category of fiction Thai and is still writing more than twenty of them today. Jang is known for his unique style, and his stories are very often set in Thailand, but often have a global or trans-national twist to them. The books which Jang has written include ‘Lavender’, ‘Ambergris’, ‘Ginger Spice’, ‘Tungkha’, ‘Horn’Mysterious’. He also has a number of short stories published in different Asian languages and has translated his stories into English.
In addition to Jang Khait, there are many other writers of fiction Thai, who have not yet won any major international awards, such as Watsin Yulchai, who has written twelve novels in this genre, and is perhaps best known as a short story writer. His work includes ‘A Night at the Opera’, ‘The Lost Son’, ‘The Lady Who Lost Her Dog’, and ‘The Lady Who Lost Her Heart’.
Some of the more obscure of writers of fiction Thai are Karon Jaisorn, who have written ten books of fiction in the category of fiction Thai and is yet to win any awards, and Chitrong Bhaihirakul, who have written a single novel, ‘Shine of the Dawn’. But one of my favourite authors of fiction Thai is Chitrong Yodpongsorn, who has written eleven novels of fiction in the genre of fiction Thai and is yet to win any awards.
Other writers of fiction Thai are: Pichai Chudomsalai, who is yet to be published as a novelist, while he is yet to have any published books of fiction in this genre; and the late Patipan, who is yet to win any awards, but has written five novels in this category. Also notable is Somsavat, who are yet to be published as a writer, and has won several awards, but is yet to have written any novels in this category. Most Thai writers of fiction Thai would be happy to have their work translated into English.
The best part of these writers of fiction Thai is that they have managed to create a world that is all about Thailand, and has created an interest in people all over the world to understand more about what Thai culture means, and what Thai people have to say about their lives. It is a sort of cultural tourism for the non-Thai and is very good for the country as a whole. Many foreign tourists also visit Thailand just to see what all the fuss is about and to experience some of the Thai culture.
It is interesting to note that, unlike most other countries, which have very little to offer in terms of culture, Thai culture is very rich and complex, and is a mixture of history, culture, language, beliefs, family traditions, and a whole lot of other things. In fact, there are a lot of myths and legends of Thailand, which explain a lot of what Thailand is about.
For example, many believe that the country of Thailand was founded by the Buddha on the top of Mount Kailash in India. There are also many myths and legends about the past and the present of Thailand, and some believe that the world is made up of three worlds – the earthly realm, and a higher realm, and a lower realm. And many other myths, and legends, about the various kings, princesses, dragons, animals and other mythological figures of Thailand.