Siburapha (full name Kulap Saipradit) wrote Behind the Painting, a romantic novel about post-war Thai society.  This novel is on our Teen Book Shortlist.


Siburapha was born in 1905, and died in 1974.  During his lifetime he wrote over 15 novels, and also translated several novels into the Thai language.  In 1936 Siburapha went to Japan for his journal affairs.  After his returning, he wrote Behind the Paining. There was a tragic and  most heart breaking quotation of all among heart breakers saying “I die with no one to love me, yet content that I have someone to love”.  ฉันตายโดยปราศจากคนที่รักฉัน แต่ฉันก็อิ่มใจว่า ฉันมีคนที่ฉันรัก…

Photo of Siburapha

As well as a writer he was also a journalist and a political activist, and in the 1950s he spent 4 years in prison in Thailand, due to his work as a human rights agitator.  Because of this persecution, he spent the last years of his life in exile in China.

Behind the Painting is one of his most famous novels, and has been adapted as a film twice, in 1985 and 2001.