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Literature and politics have always been inextricably interlinked in modern Cambodian history but never so directly as in and after the Khmer Rouge era. The victory of the Khmer Rouge on 17 April 1975 caused radical changes in all aspect of Cambodian life. This paper is an attempt to examine the political factors which determined the direction of modern Cambodian literature from 1975 to the end of the twentieth century, starting with the destruction of literature under the Khmer Rouge control. Next, the use of literature as a propaganda tool of the government of the People Republic of Kampuchea during the 1980s will be analysed in details. The paper concludes with the study of the revival of Cambodian literature both in the homeland and in exile together with its main trends and its authors, readers as well as publication.



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