Merlion And The Hibiscus

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Merlion And The Hibiscus

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Contemporary short stories from Singapore and Malaysia A unique anthology of short fiction from South-East Asia The Merlion and the Hibiscus brings together the work of nineteen exceptional writers from Singapore and Malaysia. Written over the last fifty years, these stories reflect the richness of a multicultural society and its experience of war and colonialism. In Gopal Barathams, The Interview, a veteran of the Second World War looks back on his years as a Japanese prisoner of war and his unique relationship with his interrogator. In Tragedy of My Third Eye, Suchen Christine Lim writes of Ping, a six-year-old who would rather be an outcaste than a slave and ends up paying the price for this both at school and at home. In Victoria and Her Kimono, M. Shanmughalingam parodies the legacy of colonialism. Also in this collection are deeply insightful and entertaining stories about a generation grappling with issues of religious, ethnic and gender identities. Catherine Lims Write, Right, Rite, for instance, is a brilliant take-off on the absurdity of moral and ethical policing. In another memorable story, Bugis by Alfian Saat, an encounter with a transvestite opens a teenagers eyes to the shallowness of the world around her and to her own hidden desires. Set in the small towns and cities of Malaysia and Singapore, these stories capture the richness and complexity of life in a region that is an extraordinary blend of different races, languages and cultures.

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Contemporary short stories from Singapore and Malaysia A unique anthology of short fiction from South-East Asia The Merlion and the Hibiscus brings together the work of nineteen exceptional writers from Singapore and Malaysia. Written over the last fifty years, these stories reflect the richness of a multicultural society and its experience of war and colonialism. In Gopal Barathams, The Interview, a veteran of the Second World War looks back on his years as a Japanese prisoner of war and his unique relationship with his interrogator. In Tragedy of My Third Eye, Suchen Christine Lim writes of Ping, a six-year-old who would rather be an outcaste than a slave and ends up paying the price for this both at school and at home. In Victoria and Her Kimono, M. Shanmughalingam parodies the legacy of colonialism. Also in this collection are deeply insightful and entertaining stories about a generation grappling with issues of religious, ethnic and gender identities. Catherine Lims Write, Right, Rite, for instance, is a brilliant take-off on the absurdity of moral and ethical policing. In another memorable story, Bugis by Alfian Saat, an encounter with a transvestite opens a teenagers eyes to the shallowness of the world around her and to her own hidden desires. Set in the small towns and cities of Malaysia and Singapore, these stories capture the richness and complexity of life in a region that is an extraordinary blend of different races, languages and cultures.
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Title Merlion And The Hibiscus Height
Singh Mukherjee Width
ISBN-13 9780143028123 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #014302812X Spine Width
Publisher Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd Pages 256
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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