Teza, a young Burmese man, has been sentenced to 20 years in solitary confinement for writing protest songs against the military regime. Set almost entirely within the prison, this is a vivid, often poetic, recreation of a community full of contradictions. It is a community where passionate life-affirming ideals co-exist with brutality, deprivation and cruelty. Teza develops a strong relationship with a young orphan boy who also lives within the prison walls. Riveting, sad, and disturbing, but ultimately a hopeful read.

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