By Chris Baker and Pasuk PhongpaichitThis is a blog about the Thai epic, The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen, our English translation published by Silkworm Books in November 2010, the history of the tale, and related matters. The blog was started in 2010, but went missing in late 2013. Here we are restoring the site. Posts here dated October 2016 originally appeared in 2012-3. The restored versions are sometimes slightly modified.
Monthly Archives: January 2011
After returning to Bangkok, KCKP was my main project and remained so for the next five years except for some short intervals. Pasuk was busier, so I did more of the first stage of translation myself. We reached the final … Continue reading
I believe this Cambodian movie was made in 2009. I know no other details. The Khmer claim the story is indigenous to them and there have been earlier movies on the tale in Khmer. At the bottom of the post … Continue reading
The court scene, where the king condemns Wanthong to execution is the climax of the story.
At several events for launching our translation, we did a 25-minute reading of a famous part of the tale—Khun Phaen’s abduction of Wanthong from Khun Chang’s house. In the questions session after one event, a Thai in the audience commented, … Continue reading