Spanning from the 1960s till 1990s, A Song of the Wind is the story of Singapore Malays in an impatient emerging independent nation, where they live in poverty and associated social ills, and are marginalised in a land they lived in for centuries. Then, the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran sends shockwaves through an already fragile community, caught between spreading Islamic fundamentalism and an intolerant paranoid state. (Translated from Malay.)
<p>Sir Stamford Raffles lied to the East India Company in Britain about the island of Singapore being uninhabited except for aboriginals and pirates, so he could set up his set there, totally ignoring a Malay community and thriving trading post. This is the story of Singapore (and Malaya) from the Malay (native), and politically incorrect, point of view. (Translated from Malay.)</p>
Shih-Li Kow is a Malaysian writing sensation who came to light with her first book of short stories, Ripples and other stories, in 2009, which was immediately shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award that year, beating Ali Smith and Kazuo Ishiguro to the list.
Shih-Li Kow's novel has won a top French literary award in 2018. The prize is called the "Prix du Premier Roman étranger", which literally translates as "First Novel Award, in the foreign category".
The Sum of Our Follies has been currently translated to Italian and French. More inquiries are pouring in.
“Fernando seeks to strip away the Englishness from English, to find a uniquely Malaysian prose voice… This is evident in his remarkable ear for Malaysian English, never sinking into caricature, but establishing a familiar flow… The best thing about it (the novel), and the reason I recommend it, is its picture of a society aware of its ‘roots’ but is simultaneously rootless.”
—Amir Muhammad, New Straits TimesMYR35.90
21 Immortals: Inspector Mislan and the Yee Sang Murders is an explosive debut from the quietly talented Rozlan Mohd Noor, a former police officer, who knew first-hand police work and the links between the force, organized crime and Malaysian politics.