Bangkok Post - - LIFE - — Anchalee Kongrut

One of the best-re­viewed books of last year, Veeraporn Nitiprapha’s pes­simisti­cally ti­tled Said­uan Ta Bod Nai Khaowongkot ( A Blind Earth­worm In A Labyrinth) takes on the old­est form of pop­u­lar read­ing, a love tri­an­gle, though what el­e­vates it be­yond a ro­man­tic drama is the strong po­lit­i­cal back­drop — she started writ­ing the book af­ter the May crack­down of 2010 — and her evoca­tive de­scrip­tion of food, as well as mu­sic.

Inspired by re­ports of ag­o­nised love in tabloid mag­a­zines, Veeraporn said that if life is a form of melo­drama, so is pol­i­tics, es­pe­cially Thai­land at the present.

Is the SEA Write Award still as sig­nif­i­cant as it once was?

The book and mu­sic in­dus­tries are alike for their need of in­sti­tu­tional sup­ports. SEA Write can get peo­ple’s at­ten­tion. But the opin­ion of read­ers is the ab­so­lute in­di­ca­tor. A book that never won any awards can be suc­cess­ful too, if it gets good re­sponses from read­ers.

Why should peo­ple read your book?

There are a mil­lion rea­sons to read books but not a sin­gle rea­son for not to. Ideally, we should read ev­ery book be­ing writ­ten. Since it is im­pos­si­ble, all we can do is read as many books as we can. We only have one life to live on a planet pop­u­lated by over 6 bil­lion, and it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to see the world as it is. Read­ing books and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic will en­able us to com­pre­hend other per­spec­tives and see the world in var­i­ous di­men­sions.

How did you feel the mo­ment you fin­ished writ­ing the first sen­tence of this book? Did you know you had a book in you?

Alone. The feel­ing of be­ing alone from liv­ing in a land where peo­ple are turn­ing against one another, and the con­flict heads in a di­rec­tion that is in­creas­ingly vi­o­lent, over­whelm­ing and with­out end.

What did you read while you were writ­ing this book?

When I write, I will not read other books. Yet I re­mem­bered lis­ten­ing to plenty of songs.

Any Thai or in­ter­na­tional writ­ers you’d rec­om­mend?

Let that be the duty of book crit­ics. I pre­fer not to cast my judge­ment on this mat­ter.

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