Mohamed Latiff Mohamed
Translated by Shaffiq Selmat
The turmoil and uncertainty in post-war Singapore is seen through the eyes of a young village boy, Adi. Even though the villagers have few material goods, they are contented. However, gang rights, racial tensions and political upheavals have affected everyone – even those in Adi’s village – as the country finds itself coming to grips with the new world order.
THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE
Award-winning graphic novelist Sonny Liew blurs the lines between reality and ction with this three-time Eisner Award-winning graphic novel that traces Chan's journey amidst the tumultuous times of pre-independent Singapore through to the hyper-modern metropolis the island city-state is today.
Bringing together a dazzling array of genres, styles and forms, the multi-award-winning graphic novel is by turns exhilarating, funny and moving, reclaiming and reinventing a lost past and pushing the boundaries of the comic book medium in a brilliant retelling of the Singapore Story.
Two women, one in India, the other in Singapore, face the same quandaries despite living 70 years apart.
India, 1944: Nimita Khosla yearns to attend university to become an engineer. However, her parents want a different life for her. As she accepts her fate and marries, religious upheaval is splitting the country and forcing her family to find a new home.
Singapore, 2014: Her granddaughter, molecular biologist Nimita Sachdev, flees the prospect of an arranged marriage in India, but finds uncertainty in her new home of Singapore, where she faces rising anger against immigrants.
LOVE, LIES AND INDOMEE
Translated by Zedeck Siew
Determined Jakarta girl Ratu needs a boyfriend – now. She can’t stand her mother’s nagging, and she’d rather die than be forced into an arranged marriage. When she meets a stranger online, Ratu thinks she’s found Mr Right ... until she nds out he's a freeloading bum. Desperate to get her parents off her back, Ratu hires the handsome Hans as a fake boyfriend. But falling in love wasn't part of the plan ...
In this hilarious satirical novel, a Malay- Chinese-Muslim-Jewish Singaporean shares a flat with Cantona, a promising Bangladeshi artist on the run from a construction company; Tights, an illegal immigrant from China obsessed with Forrest Gump; and Shanti, an Indian lab technician hiding from her husband.
When a forlorn ghost, known as a pontianak, begins haunting them, the four friends find themselves embroiled in a showdown that may just upend the world.
REGRETTABLE THINGS THAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY
Actions and consequences take on deeper meaning in these 10 colourful stories, where a teenager discovers his grandfather's secret past only after his death; a young immigrant to 1940s Singapore is convinced the end is nigh; a man is tasked with bringing the corpse of his estranged brother home from Phuket; and a news reporter is torn between doing what her editor wants and respecting her friend’s privacy after a murder occurs.
How can we know if we’re doing the right thing until it’s done? And is there a “right” or “wrong” answer when it comes to life?
General fiction, short stories
THE LAST IMMIGRANT
Lau Siew Mei
Ismael, a Singaporean Muslim, immigrates to Australia and settles in a bucolic Brisbane cul-de-sac. Ironically, his job is to decide whether asylum seekers get to stay in the country, a dilemma that reminds him of his own immigrant status. And while his neighbours are outwardly civil, they pretty much keep to themselves.
Then his life begins to take on the hue of a nightmare when a neighbour commits suicide; his wife dies of cancer; his daughter leaves him; his Siamese cat disappears; and he receives an anonymous note: “We were here first. We will decide who comes into this suburb ... and who remains!”
Just what can Ismael do?
THIS COULD BE HOME
As Singapore marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the British and an iconic hotel unveils a dazzling new design, best-selling author Pico Iyer explores how both can offer a fresh model for our world of crossing cultures. Drawing upon numerous stays in Raffles Hotel over 35 years and the fast-ascending city around it, this lifelong "global soul" finds new ways of considering not just yesterday, but tomorrow.
What might Somerset Maugham write if he were watching East and West mingling around the Palm Court? Why do writers gravitate towards the foreign counter-homes that are hotels? And how have Singapore and its iconic, intimate white-stucco monument evolved to meet the needs of a shifting world? Offering a seasoned observer's meditations on cultures everywhere, Iyer – whom Outside magazine calls "arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" – draws the curtains on a personal, thoughtful and surprising look at places we too often take for granted.
IF IT WERE UP TO MRS DADA
An ordinary Singaporean woman with an extraordinary past is living in a nursing home. The problem? She has dementia and doesn’t even know it.
Today is Singapore’s National Day. It is also Cheryl Dada’s birthday. As Cheryl pokes her nose into everybody’s business as they prepare for her birthday party, her becomes aware of a strange man who visits her.
How does her life intertwine with this mysterious person?
An ambitious lyrical novel, in part a
homage to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, If It Were Up To Mrs Dada addresses that fact of life we all have – but sometimes fear – to face: ageing.
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