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Founder of ‘Nwe Ni’ magazine passes away, aged 78

By Sandar Lwin
May 16 - 22, 2011

VETERAN writer Nat Nwe, who was well known as the founder of international affairs magazine Nwe Ni, passed away at his home in North Dagon township last week after a long battle with illness, former colleagues and friends said.

His death on May 11, at the age of 78, ended a six-decade career in the literary industry.

“Saya Nat Nwe was outstanding at both writing and translation. He was also a skillful magazine editor. His death is a great loss for Myanmar’s literary community,” said poet and writer Maung Thwe Thit, who helped organise Nat Nwe’s funeral service at Yangon’s Yayway Cemetery on May 13.

Nat Nwe, whose real name was U Hla Myint, was born in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina. He started his literary career in 1950 with a poem titled “Kyaung Thu Ma”, which was published in the magazine section of the daily newspaper Hantharwaddy. His other pen names were Moe Zaw Hein and Malikha.

He studied at Yangon University but left it to pursue a political career in about 1951. He later quit politics and took a job as an editor at Sonehtauk (Investigator) magazine and rose to become editor-in-chief. He also worked as editor-in-charge at newspaper Amyothar (National) and editor-in-chief for Moewai magazine. He founded Nwe Ni magazine in 1991 and received widespread praise for his talent as an editor.

“Saya Nat Nwe was highly professional when going about his editorial tasks and devoted his full strength to his work … I feel very sad about his death,” said writer Tin Sein (Geography), who worked with Nat Nwe at Nwe Ni magazine for about 15 years.

Nat Nwe wrote more than 100 novels in his career and translated another 20 into English. He also contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.

Some of his famous works include Apyar (Blue), Awar (Yellow) and Myanmar Pyi Myaukpine (Northern Myanmar).

In 2002 he won a National Literature Award for Karamarzov Nyiako Myar, a translation of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s final novel, The Brothers Karamazov.