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Burmese writer Nat Nwe dies in Rangoon

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Known for his fiction and translations of foreign literature, Burmese writer Nat Nwe, 79, died a natural death at his home in North Dagon Township in Rangoon on Wednesday, according to a relative.

Author Nat Nwe, 79, died on Wednesday, April 11, at his home in Rangoon. Photo: Family of Nat NweNat Nwe, aka Hla Myint, was born in Myitkyina in Kachin State on February 1, 1933. As a young man, he studied at Taungphan High School in Myitkyina and Buddha Sasana High School in Mandalay. Later, he attended Rangoon University.

His first published writing, a poem titled ‘Schoolgirl’, was printed in the ‘Hanthawaddy’ newspaper on June 28, 1950. He wrote many articles and more than 100 works of fiction, in addition to translating many books into Burmese. He worked as an editor on ‘Detective Magazine’, ‘Mystery Magazine’, ‘National Newspaper’, ‘Moewai Magazine’ and ‘Nweni Magazine’.

His most famous fiction work was ‘Blue and Yellow’, ‘You Have to Reckon with Me’, ‘Flagstaff Siblings’ and ‘Northern Burma’. His translation work included ‘A Woman of Rome’ by Alberto Moravia, ‘The Duel’ by Anton Chekhov and ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

He also translated many works under the pen name ‘Moe Zaw Hein’. He and writer Min Kyaw co-authored books made up of Burmese short story reviews and international short story reviews.

On April 9, Paragu, another prominent writer and the founder of Shantiniketan Library, died at age 91.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:25 )  

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