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Ty Chi Huot was born in Takeo, Cambodia, in 1952. The eldest son of a poor family, he worked from a very young age as a hairdresser, waiter, and bread and dumpling seller to continue his schooling. Under the Khmer Rouge, he was deported to Battambang to make fertilizer. After 1979, he worked at the National Radio of Cambodia. Known for his novels and his scripts for traditional theater, he is one of the most celebrated authors of the 1980s. His works include Veul Rok Tronum (Back to the Nest, 1984) and Mekh Bat Duong Chan (Sky of the Lost Moon, 1985). He passed away at the age of thirty-five.