The Invisible Ones - Karel van Loon

Min Thein, a lawyer in a sleepy provincial town in Burma, has struggled to avoid confrontation with his country’s military regime, despite defending its victims. But when he incurs the wrath of the district commander, he is shadowed, intimidated and thwarted – he loses his country, his wife and his sight. In this gripping novel about the life of a refugee, harrowing descriptions of the fate of Burma’s political prisoners blend with Buddhist myth, lyrical descriptions of the land and memories of a carefree childood.

The Invisible Ones is translated from Dutch by David Colmer, supported by the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature

'A timely novel... as compelling an example of witness fiction as one might hope to find.' - The Independent

‘This remarkable Dutch novelist is not just one to watch – he is one to live by’- The Times

‘The accessibility that van Loon achieves in his work, and which flows forth by itself from his fluid natural writing style, is another plus point . . . a movingly told story’ - Spitz

'A beautiful evocation of a lost land... It is quite simply stunning' - New Books Magazine

About the Author

KAREL VAN LOON researched this book while living for three months among Burmese refugees in Mae Sot, Thailand. He is the acclaimed author of three novels which have been translated into many languages; A Father’s Affair was published in the UK by Canongate in 2002. He was born in Holland in 1962 and died in July 2005.

Publication date for The Invisible Ones: 2nd July 2006

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