Malay Sketches: Stories

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5.0 X 0.49 X 7.99 inches | 0.52 pounds
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About the Author
Alfian Sa'at is a Singaporean author, playwright, poet, and translator. He has written more than thirty plays in English and Malay that have been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Munich, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. He is the author of the short story collection Corridor and the poetry collections One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia, and The Invisible Manuscript. His awards include the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature, the Golden Point Award for poetry, and three Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script. Malay Sketches is the first of his work to be available in the US. He is currently the resident playwright of the acclaimed theater group W!LD RICE. He lives in Singapore.

"Terse and profound, deliciously local and specific and thus absolutely relevant to us all now, Malay Sketches opens us up to a world we need to know. A huge pleasure and a must read." --Gina Apostol, author, Insurrecto

"This is Singapore from absolutely the opposite side of the tracks of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians." --Electric Literature

"I admired its pitch-perfect language and the warm but acute understanding of characters who do not represent ideas, but live individual lives. Alfian is less the promise of a new generation of post-colonial writers than he is the leading edge of transition to an exciting and contemporary national literature of Singapore." --Harold Augenbraum, former executive director, the National Book Foundation

"A nuanced and moving portrait of Singapore's Malay community. With a beguilingly light touch, Alfian tackles weighty matters of race, class, gender, and language. These quicksilver sketches, often quietly humorous and always compassionate, are a deep pleasure to read and ponder. By turns rueful, dejected, fierce, disgraced, uplifted, baffled, and more, Alfian's characters are memorably real. This is a charming, incisive, and graceful book." --Martha Cooley, author, The Archivist

"Deft and sure-footed, these short, sharp pieces function both as necessary jibes in the face of mainstream complacency, and as a tender, clear-eyed evocation of the Singaporean Malay experience." --Jeremy Tiang, author, State of Emergency

"There is no doubt that [Malay Sketches] is a book that tasks itself with nothing less than the painting of rich inner lives with incalculable hues and tones." --Gulf Coast, YZ Chin, author, Though I Get Home

"Perceptive and provocative, Malay Sketches is a critical exploration of identity's place in contemporary Singapore." --TF Rhoden, Asian Review of Books

"Luminously observant. . . . recognizably of a particular place even to a reader who has never been there. . . . Alfian presents what underpins lives anywhere in the world: the most private or fleeting of thoughts, the limitless nuances of interpersonal relationships, the problems and power of faith, and possibility of wisdom in unexpected places." --Caroline Chang, Full Stop

"Cognitively exacting books--with such fragile themes--come once in a lifetime . . . . Malay Sketches is an unambiguous trailblazer." --Gwee Li Sui, literary critic and poet

"Alfian's vignettes of Singapore Malay life are touching and funny, at once full of pathos and nostalgia. . . . Ultimately, they speak of dignity, quiet and undiminished." --Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, author, In Liberal Doses

"Like an artist who could capture an evocative scene with just a few bold strokes of the pen or pencil, Alfian only needs a handful of words and phrases to make his characters and their dilemmas leap out of the pages to . . . illumine delicate issues." --Ismail Kassim, former senior correspondent, The Straits Times

"These lingering vignettes, told in Alfian's characteristically poetic cadence, . . . is the narrative of displaced native peoples the world over." --Vincent Wijeysingha, lecturer, SIM University

"A provocatively powerful and brutally honest work." --Laremy Lee, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore