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Any introduction to Somtow Sucharitkul risks sounding superfluous. Writer, composer and conductor, Somtow switches one hat for another with the ease of a conjurer. His latest book of fiction called The Stone Buddha's Tears _ written under the pseudonym SP Somtow _ has just come out from Post Books. The English-language story about children in a corrupt society is accompanied by the Thai version, called Sila Kan Saeng. Since he first published in 1986, Somtow has thrived on sci-fi, fantasy, horror and young adult genres; his Forgetting Places and The Wizard's Apprentice were among the hits in the US as well as here. 

Juggling another role as artistic director of Opera Siam, Somtow will conduct the opera Otello this Thursday at Thailand Cultural Centre. With Verdi's music, the opera is based on King Rama VI's adaptation of Shakespeare's play Othello. Be in awe.

_ Kong Rithdee

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