Paris after the Second World War:
the Left Bank, Montmartre and Picasso's dove.
Wanlaya is a Thai music student
with challenging ideas and challenged friends,
all engaged in their own ways
in a search for the true values of life.
The meaning of art, the birth of music,
the evil of elitist education,
the value of work, women's liberation:
this swinging, iconoclastic novel of ideas,
published in the early 1950s
but only read twenty years later,
has inspired Thai progressive circles ever since,
and remains a hymn to life clamouring for change
and ringing with the hopes and generosity of youth.
By the author of Ghosts (TMC 16)