Emma Larkin, author of Everything is Broken, on tour June 2010

Posted By on April 15, 2010

About Everything is Broken

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: The Penguin Press HC

On May 2, 2008, an enormous tropical cyclone made landfall in Burma, wreaking untold havoc, and leaving an official toll of 138,300 dead and missing. In the days that followed, the sheer scale of the disaster became apparent as information began to seep out from the hard-hit delta area. But the Burmese regime, in an unfathomable decision of near-genocidal proportions, provided little relief and blocked international aid from entering the country. Hundreds of thousands of Burmese citizens lacked food, drinking water, and basic shelter, but the xenophobic generals who rule the country refused emergency help.

Emma Larkin, who has been traveling to and secretly reporting on Burma for years, managed to arrange for a tourist visa in those frenzied days and arrived hoping to help. It was impossible for anyone to gauge just how much devastation the cyclone had left in its wake; by all accounts, including the regime’s, it was a catastrophe of epic proportions. In Everything is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma (The Penguin Press; May 3, 2010; $35.95), Larkin chronicles the chaotic days and months that followed the storm, revealing the secretive politics of Burma’s military dictatorship, and the bizarre combination of vicious military force, religion, and mysticism that defined its unthinkable response to this horrific event.

The Burmese regime hid the full extent of the storm’s devastation from the rest of the world, but the terrible consequences for Burma and its citizens continued to play out many months after the headlines had faded from newspapers around the world. In Everything is Broken, Larkin—whose deep knowledge of the Burmese people has afforded her unprecedented access and a rare understanding of life under Burmese oppression—provides a singular portrait of the regime responsible for compounding the tragedy, and examines the historical, religious, and superstitious setting that created Burma’s tenacious and brutal dictatorship. Writing under an assumed name, Larkin delivers the heretofore untold story of a disaster that stunned the world, unveiling as she does so the motivations of the impenetrable generals who govern this troubled nation.

About Emma

Emma Larkin is the pseudonym for an American who was born and raised in Asia, studied the Burmese language at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She lives in Bangkok, Thailand, and has been visiting Burma for close to fifteen years. Her previous book, Finding George Orwell in Burma, was published by The Penguin Press in 2005.

Emma Larkin TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, May 18th:  Word Lily

Wednesday, May 19th:  Beastmomma

Wednesday, May 26th:  The Little Reader

Thursday, May 27th:  Heart 2 Heart

Monday, May 31st:  Café of Dreams

Wednesday, June 2th: Books, Movies, and Chinese Food

Thursday, June 3rd:  Book Addiction

Tuesday, June 8th:  Lit and Life

Wednesday, June 9th:  Caribousmom

Thursday, June 10th:  Sophisticated Dorkiness

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3 Responses to “Emma Larkin, author of Everything is Broken, on tour June 2010”

  1. Dr. Doe Lang says:

    I found these two Emma Larkin books at the airport in 2010 enroute to Burma from Bhutan. They are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL READING AND WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE THEM. SINCE SHE SPEAKS THEIR LANGUAGE SHE WAS ABLE TO WIN THE TRUST OF THE bURMESE AND HER ACCOUNTS ARE RIVETING.
    eSSENTIAL READING FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BURMESE LONG SUFFERING UNDER THIS REGIME. tHANK HEAVEN AU SANG SI KYI
    HAS TRIUMPHED AND WE MAY NOW SEE HOPEFULLY MORE AND MORE ACTUAL FREEDOM IN bURMA.
    iN THE MEANTIME – THE BEST WE CAN DO TO UNDERSTAND THE WHOLE SITUATION IS TO READ EMMA LARKIN.

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