“The dialogues [in The Voice of Hope] express Aung San Suu Kyi’s humor, erudition, wisdom and accessibility, and demonstrate why she has become a world spiritual leader.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Reading this book, one can well understand why [Aung San Suu Kyi] has been compared to such heroes of freedom as Nelson Mandela and Václav Havel.”—San Francisco Chronicle
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize Laureate, mother of two, and devout Buddhist, is one of the most inspiring examples of spiritually infused politics and fearless leadership that the world has ever seen. Daughter of the martyred Burmese national hero who negotiated Burma’s independence from Britain in the 1940s, Aung San Suu Kyi was called upon to lead the pro-democracy movement in Burma in 1988. The movement was quickly and brutally crushed by the military junta, and Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest.
The Voice of Hope is a rare and intimate journey to the heart of her struggle. Over a period of nine months, Alan Clements, the first American ordained as a Buddhist monk in Burma, met with Aung San Suu Kyi shortly after her release from her first house arrest in July 1995. With her trademark ability to speak directly and compellingly, she presents here her vision of engaged compassion and describes how she has managed to sustain her hope and optimism.
Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy, which achieved a decisive victory in the last Burmese national election, held in 1990. The junta has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of that vote. She has lived under house arrest for twelve of the last eighteen years.
Alan Clements is the author of Burma: The Next Killing Fields? and Burma’s Revolution of the Spirit. Since completion of The Voice of Hope, he has been permanently blacklisted in Burma.
|Preface to the New Edition||p. 7|
|"We are still prisoners in our own country"||p. 25|
|"Running away is not going to solve any problems"||p. 43|
|"Truth is a powerful weapon"||p. 57|
|"Working for democracy"||p. 73|
|"It still surprises me that people think of me as an important person"||p. 89|
|"Each country is linked to the others through the bonds of humanity"||p. 103|
|"Saints are sinners who go on trying"||p. 121|
|"I never learned to hate my captors"||p. 135|
|: "Violence is not the right way"||p. 151|
|"Nobody can humiliate me but myself"||p. 165|
|"We only have ourselves to rely on"||p. 179|
|"The courage to face yourself"||p. 195|
|"To learn the power of the powerless"||p. 209|
|A conversation with U Gambira||p. 223|
|A conversation with U Kyi Maung||p. 235|
|A conversation with U Tin U||p. 271|
|Chronology of Key Events||p. 309|
|Burma Related Links||p. 325|
|About Alan Clements||p. 331|
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Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th May 2008
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1