The King of Bangkok

By Claudio Sopranzetti, Sara Fabbri, and Chiara Natalucci

© 2021

Based on a decade of interviews and archival research, the English translation of this bestselling graphic novel tells the story of Nok, an old blind man who sells lottery tickets in Bangkok, as he decides to leave the urban capital and return to his native village.

The King of Bangkok follows Nok as he walks the streets of the city for the last time, trying to get rid of his last five lottery tickets. With each ticket he sells, he encounters something that brings him back to a period of his life, from his arrival in Bangkok all the way to the Red Shirt protests of 2010. Through an alternation of reflections on contemporary Bangkok and flashbacks to his past, we reconstruct Nok’s story, the love story with his wife Gai, and the ups and downs of their migrant lives, as well as those of an entire country around them.

This is a story of migration to the city and distant families in the countryside, economic development eroding the land, and political protest choked in blood. Ultimately, it is a story about contemporary Thailand and how the waves of history lift, engulf, or crash two ordinary people. A perfect entry into the history of contemporary Thailand, this book is essential reading for both students and travelers.

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  • Series: ethnoGRAPHIC
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This beautifully illustrated graphic novel tells the history of contemporary Thailand through the life of a blind man who walks on the streets of the capital for the last time.

The King of Bangkok

By Claudio Sopranzetti, Sara Fabbri, and Chiara Natalucci

© 2021

Based on a decade of interviews and archival research, the English translation of this bestselling graphic novel tells the story of Nok, an old blind man who sells lottery tickets in Bangkok, as he decides to leave the urban capital and return to his native village.

The King of Bangkok follows Nok as he walks the streets of the city for the last time, trying to get rid of his last five lottery tickets. With each ticket he sells, he encounters something that brings him back to a period of his life, from his arrival in Bangkok all the way to the Red Shirt protests of 2010. Through an alternation of reflections on contemporary Bangkok and flashbacks to his past, we reconstruct Nok’s story, the love story with his wife Gai, and the ups and downs of their migrant lives, as well as those of an entire country around them.

This is a story of migration to the city and distant families in the countryside, economic development eroding the land, and political protest choked in blood. Ultimately, it is a story about contemporary Thailand and how the waves of history lift, engulf, or crash two ordinary people. A perfect entry into the history of contemporary Thailand, this book is essential reading for both students and travelers.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: ethnoGRAPHIC
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Claudio Sopranzetti is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Central European University. He is the author of Owners of the Map, winner of the 2019 Margaret Mead Award.


    Sara Fabbri is an illustrator and editorial designer, currently working as Art Director for Linus, an Italian comics magazine.


    Chiara Natalucci is an interpreter and translator of Russian and English, currently teaching English at a secondary school in Italy.

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