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Crime Novelist, Colin Cotterill, and the Space of Thailand

Posted by litdaily on September 7, 2010

Englishman and crime novelist, Colin Cotterill, writes and lives on the sunny beaches of Thailand.  Living a writer’s dream, he immerses himself in the locale of his novels, Laos.  The success of his series is attributed to his depiction of local color, scenery, and history…more>>

Although the article discusses Cotterill’s portrayl of Thai characters, it fails to mention any challenges Cotterill faces when depicting characters and spaces that are…well…not English.  Is it enough for a writer to immerse himself in a local space in order to depict Other-ed characters?  What are the racial and cultural politics inherent to this kind of portrayal?


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