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Shirley Lim’s Layered Confection

By Grace Ng A daughter rapes and kills her father. This was how I first came to know Shirley Lim – through a short story entitled Mr. Tang’s Girls that I had to analyze for a literature class. Lim grew up in Malaysia but moved to America in her twenties. It is from her diasporic […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • July 2, 2008

The Virtues of Sin

By Gabrielle Low In Bernice Chauly’s small but substantial collection of poetry and prose, The Book of Sins, words indeed rage forth from the page, and they do so with a searing yet unembellished forcefulness. It’s hard not to note, first and foremost, the urgent, pounding rhythm to some of the lines in this collection. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 19, 2008

Lloyd Fernando, 1926 – 2008

By Ann Lee For any history of Malaysian literature, it is remiss not to consider the pioneering work of Lloyd Fernando (1926-2008) — author, academic, and eloquent champion of Malaysian literature. At the landmark 1971 Cultural Congress that defined Malaysian literature into “national” and “sectional”, Lloyd spoke (in Malay) about his hopes for the future […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • February 29, 2008

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Profile: Shahnon Ahmad

By Loo Jia Wen “I have a bit of a split personality,” says Shahnon Ahmad (January 13th, 1933; full name: Datuk Haji Shahnon bin Ahmad) in Amir Muhammad’s ‘Raising A Stink’ (Asiaweek; May 7th 1999). “People look at me and see a pious man, but there’s a repressed side which comes out in my writing. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 2, 2007

You Must Go On

By Philip Koh This double review first appeared in Sunday Star, Aug 1998. Damned To Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) By James Knowlson Samuel Beckett – The Last Modernist By Anthony Cronin Samuel Beckett is a master of 20th Century literature. He straddles world literature casting his influence beyond his Anglo-Irish, French, German […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 2, 2006

Tidak Seniman Hilang di Dunia

By Yati Hj Kaprawi Melalui seni, U-Wei Haji Saari sentiasa meneroka alam pemikiran baru. Isu-isu dan sifat manusia yang kompleks seperti identiti sesuatu bangsa pun dipaparkannya. “Kalau takut meneroka, baik saya berhenti berfikir,” ujarnya. Kali ini U-Wei mencabar lagi isu identiti bangsa dengan pementasan barunya bertajuk Wangi Jadi Saksi. Ia mengisahkan peristiwa bersejarah dalam dunia […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • July 27, 2006

The Merlion Spouts

By Jerome Kugan Recently, I attended the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) as an invited writer. Objectivity is very much suspect when one writes about something of which one was a part so you shall not find that here. Asia Truly Exotic In Malaysia, publishers, writers and readers of fictional works are, at best, fictitious. Whether […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 30, 2005

Oh Baby, Baby, It’s A Wild World

By Jenny Daneels We thought that the Christmas season would be a good moment to review some children’s books made in Malaysia. Unfortunately we only came to that realisation a few days ago, so this review is terribly late for Christmas. Still, the books are for sale all year round! The first striking fact is […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • December 22, 2005

Pak Samad di Penjara

By Amirul Fakir Di sebalik tembok pejal dan kaku yang menyimpan jutaan memori kelam dan duka warganya, kemunculan tokoh yang sudi untuk seketika meredakan kesunyian nurani para warganya tentu sahaja membekaskan secuil kenangan yang amat indah dan cukup berarti. Kehadiran tokoh seni yang amat tersohor ini bukan sahaja disambut oleh warga kerjanya malahan para penghuni […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • March 17, 2005

Tetek Besar, Pantat Lebar

By Khalid Jaafar Sebelum diterbitkan di Beijing, penerbit Mo Yan, penulis novel Red Sorghum yang difilemkan dengan arahan Zhang Yimou dan lakunan Gong Li, membuat publisiti untuk novel terbaharunya. Media riuh dan pengkritik naik rebut. Mengapa tajuknya begitu celupar, atau mencarut? Kemudian suara-suara lantang muncul menuntut Mo Yan menukar tajuk novel terbaharunya. Mo Yan enggan. […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • September 17, 2004

A Jakarta Romance

By Jerome Kugan It was meant to be a holiday. When local theatre/film producer Lorna Tee, Options journalist Danny Lim and I bought our plane tickets to Jakarta, we were only meant to hang out with our mutual friend, indie filmmaker Amir Muhammad. But as our moment of departure grew nearer, we discovered that our […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • August 12, 2004

Kee Thuan Chye: Vorpal Pen*, Actorly Aspirations

By Michelle Woo Professionally: an editor, and formerly a literary one. Creatively: a writer of socially-provocative plays and stirring prose. From the heart: an aspiring actor. Kee Thuan Chye, at 47 years of age, talks about his ripening dreams. Kakiseni: What drives your writing? Is it a sense of the past, present, or future? Kee: […]

  • Azwan Ismail
    Azwan Ismail
  • October 17, 2001