Every picture tells a story. In Siem Reap, Cambodia's cultural capital, every mobile bookstall tells one too. Look on the sides of the carts that are wheeled about the streets bearing dog-eared novels and pirated Lonely Planets, and you'll find a hand-lettered potted biography of the proprietor. The vaguely
Dickensian narratives weaving hardship with unvarnished hope have an unvarying theme: the bookseller's struggle
against the fates for a better life, and a hesitant supplication to purchase. Sometimes, there's a toddler asleep atop the cart, his or her head pillowed perhaps on a copy of Angkor ...
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