Seebarsch und Süßkartoffeln
Translated from English by Mayela Gerhardt
© 2007 Baobab Books
CHF 22.80 / € 12,80
Ages 13 and up
The lively Thonglor market is the stage for the passionate love between a young vegetable seller and the daughter of a woman who sells fish. The young man is never at a loss for ideas to express his feelings – his love poems arrive by air, attached to sweet potatoes. She keeps him dangling on a string, but meanwhile her mother attempts to intervene. This amusing story of a first love, told with rapid dialogue, is also an account of the conflicts that can arise between the generations.
Pensri Kiengsiri was born in southern Thailand in 1931. As a young woman, she learned English in Malaysia and trained as a physiotherapist in Australia. She soon started writing and quit her job at the Bangkok hospital. Pensri Kiengsiri has published numerous novels, short stories and poems in Thailand and is also a journalist. She also tries in a variety of ways to convey Thai culture and has, among other things, translated the more than 1200-page epic »Phra Aphai Mani« into English.
Original: Love in the Fish Market
© 2006 by Pensri Kiengsir