"Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi known to the world as an icon for democracy and nonviolent dissent in oppressed Burma, and to her followers as simply "The Lady" has recently returned to international headlines. Now, this major new biography offers essential reading at a moment when Burma, after decades of stagnation, is once again in flux. Suu Kyi's remarkable life begins with that of her father, Aung San. The architect of Burma's independence, he was assassinated when she was only two. Suu Kyi grew up in India (where her mother served as ambassador), studied at Oxford, and worked for three years at the UN in New York. In 1972, she married Michael Aris, a British scholar. They had two sons, and for several years she lived as a self-described "housewife" but she never forgot that she was the daughter of Burma's national hero."--Book jacket… (more)
"I have never ceased to be moved by the sense of the world lying quiescent and vulnerable, waiting to be awakened by the light of the new day quivering just beyond the horizon." Aung San Suu Kyi, Letters from Burma
"If they answer not your call, walk alone... With the thunder-flame of pain ignite thine own heart, And let it burn alone." Rabindranath Tagore, Walk Alone
"Oh this ruler of our kingdom, a pretty thing, a pretty little thing." Old lady in Po Chit Kon village, Kachin state, singing to her grandchild
In memory of Michela Speranza Bezzi
In November 2010, Burma was preparing for its first elections in decades.
She had lost. That was the point. She had challenged the Old Man, Number One, General Ne Win, to a duel, cheered on by millions - but he had the gun and she had only flowers to throw and now she had lost the duel and they had locked her up and thrown away the key.
And no one touched by Suu's actions has been left unchanged.