San Lin Tun: “Literature will survive as long as people enjoy the good taste of it”

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San Lin Tun is a writer from Myanmar (Burma) who mostly writes in English. Frequently, he acts as guest editor and reader for literary magazines. His writings appeared in local and international magazines such as Asia Literary Review, Borderless, Kitaab, Mekong Review, South East of Now, etc. His interests are varied including drawing cartoons, playing guitars, taking pictures, and writing lyrics, etc. He lives in Yangon with his wife and two sons.

Please share your thoughts about the future of literature. Literature will survive as long as people enjoy the good taste of it.

When u start writing? I started writing in 2000 and at first I write in my mother tongue, Myanmar before I have switched to write in English in 2007. Since then, I write mostly in English.

The Good and the Bad. Who is winning in nowadays? Nobody is winning until the global warming is settled out.

How many books have you written? And where can we find your books? I have written fifteen books including essays, fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, short stories, and novels. One can find my books at Amazon,, Pencil, etc. They are:

  • Legendary Heroes of Myanmar (2) Ancient Myanmar Heroes (3) A Classic Night at Café Blues and Other Short Stories (4) A Shirt and Other Poems (5) Walking Down An Old Literary Road (6) Reading A George Orwell Novel in A Myanmar Teashop and Other Essays (7) An iSmart Bus Ride and Other Essays (8) An Enigma of Big Bunny’s Arrival and Other Stories (9) Beyond Image (Myanmar) (10) Waves and Other Poems (11) My Birthday/Flying with A Balloon/ Learning Alphabets (12) First Collection of Graphic Poems (13) Waves and Other Poems (14) Yangon Street Walker (15) An English Writer

The book. E book or Hardcover book. What will be the future? I am currently working on my second novel titled “A Classroom for Mr. KT” and I am planning to publish selected collection of my short stories and it will be published in Hardcover rather than E book.

A wish for 2023. A phrase from your book. A more stable and peaceful world brining prosperity and good health to everyone.