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God Dies By The Nile And Other NovelsGod Dies By The Nile And Other Novels by Nawal El Saadawi

God Dies by the Nile is Saadawi's attempt to square religion with a society in which women are respected as equals; Searching expresses the poignancy of loss and doubt with the hypnotic intensity of a remembered dream; while in The Circling Song, Saadawi pursues the conflicts of sex, class, gender and military violence deep into the psyche.

Essential Nawal El Saadawi, The: A ReaderEssential Nawal El Saadawi, The: A Reader by Newson-Horst, Adele (Ed.)

The writings of Nawal El Saadawi are essential to anyone wishing to understand the contemporary Arab world. Her dissident voice has stayed as consistent in its critique of neo.imperialist international politics as it has in its denunciation of women's oppression, both in her native Egypt and in the wider world. Saadawi is a figure of international significance, and her work has a central place in Arabic history and culture of the last half century. Featuring work never before translated into English, The Essential Nawal El Saadawi gathers together a wide range of Saadawi's writing. From novellas and short stories to essays on politics, culture, religion and sex; from extensive interviews to her work as a dramatist; from poetry to autobiography, this book is essential for anyone wishing to gain a sense of the breadth of Saadawi's work.

Who Are You My Country? Voices Of Singaporeans Past And PresentWho Are You My Country? Voices Of Singaporeans Past And Present by Winston Toh Ghee Wei; T. Kwek Et Al (Eds.)

From the 1930s to 1965, discussions about modernisation, race and civic responsibility were as common as they are today. The youth of colonial Singapore wrote passionately about these issues, seeking to enkindle the idea of a nation that did not yet exist. The poetry and stories that encapsulate how they saw Singapore have become more, not less, relevant. In Who Are You My Country?, the youth of modern Singapore build on those stories and use them to create a vision for what our post-SG50 nation might look like. As the historical publications were to those students of the past, we hope this anthology will also be to us a shared space for the collective imagination of our Singapore.

Life Of Pinky, The: A Horse And Her BoyLife Of Pinky, The: A Horse And Her Boy by Lau, Jocelyn

The Life of Pinky is a collection of micro-fiction about an ordinary Singaporean family, consisting of Mummy and Daddy (quite naturally), a little boy named Russell, as well as their imaginary tiny pink pet horse Pinky. The 16 tales in the volume regale one with the funny episodes that are common - and some perhaps not so common - to the growing-up years of a household with preschoolers. The Life of Pinky will appeal to readers with young children in their midst, and to those who remain a child at heart. The stories are accompanied by drawings by Singaporean illustrator Stephanie Wong.

Woman At Point ZeroWoman At Point Zero by

'All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.' So begins Firdaus's remarkable story of rebellion against a society founded on lies, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression. Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus struggles through childhood, seeking compassion and knowledge in a world which gives her little of either. As she grows up and escapes the fetters of her childhood, each new relationship teaches her a bitter but liberating truth - that the only free people are those who want nothing, fear nothing and hope for nothing. This classic novel has been an inspiration to countless people across the world. Saadawi's searing indictment of society's brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today.

Timothy And The Phubbers: How Not To Survive As A High School SuckerTimothy And The Phubbers: How Not To Survive As A High School Sucker by Kwek, Ken

Timothy Pong has enough trouble at home without throwing his first year of secondary school into the mix. The Pong family only interact with each other through digital machines rather than human contact. Twelve-year-old Timothy is too young to own a phone, according to his mum, so he hasn't actually spoken to his family in years as he can't WhatsApp his parents or Snapchat his older sister.

We'll Eat When We're DoneWe'll Eat When We're Done by Chua, Dave; Max Loh

Sunil has just discovered the recipe for Chicken rice, but he can't prepare it in a Singapore overrun by zombies! Can his grandmother and him, along with a hardy bunch of survivors, stop the mysterious Zibots that have enslaved the island nation's populace?

TerumbuTerumbu by Cheah Sinnan

Terumbu is a love story set in mid 19th century Singapore, of a young Riau pirate and the daughter of a penghulu, who objects to their relationship. Left with no choice, the star-crossed lovers elope to the sea but the arrival of the British colonialists will affect the future of the Malay Peninsula and change their lives forever.

Unstable FoundationsUnstable Foundations by Alexandra, Joelyn; Elvin Ching

With university fees and other financial isues on Madeline's mind, finding Yamashita's Gold with her cousin, Nathaniel, seemed to be the best idea. But when she meets McRitchie, a veteran traveller with an ambiguous origin, she starts questioning the legitimacy of the treasure, and what's truly valuable to her.

Kungfu DoughKungfu Dough by Low, Don

Yan is a baker's daughter who wants nothing else but for her family bakery to survive an ailing economy. But when reporter Zhang finds out that she is not an ordinary girl and has other hidden skills and adversaries, he starts to fall for her. Will he be able to help Yan emerge a winner or be swallowed up by adversities?

Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form (Second Edition)Unfree Verse: Singapore Poetry In Form (Second Edition) by Tse Hao Guang, Joshua Ip & Theophilus Kwek (Eds.)

Rhyme is Shakespeare. Rhythm is rap. Sing Lit is free verse. If you've ever had such thoughts, let this book demolish them. With poems drawn from 80 years of print and online material, UnFree Verse illuminates an important but overlooked aspect of Singapore's literary history: formal poetry in English. It features poets beloved and forgotten, immigrant and emigrant, Malayan and cosmopolitan, challenging readers to explore the dynamic landscape of poetry from, about, and around Singapore. In this collection, the formal poem becomes a focal point for the duelling forces of repetition and improvisation, standards and Englishes, freedom and boundaries. Might these constraints be fertile soil for creativity in a city like Singapore? If you think so, UnFree Verse belongs on your shelf. This new edition contains an expanded glossary, a list of further reading, and a new essay on rhyme.

Last Immigrant, The: A NovelLast Immigrant, The: A Novel by Lau Siew Mei

Ismael, a transplanted Singaporean, lives on a bucolic suburban Brisbane street. His job is to decide whether asylum-seekers get to stay in the country, a dilemma that never fails to remind him of his own immigrant status. But then his life begins to take on the hue of a nightmare: his neighbour inexplicably commits suicide, his wife dies of cancer, his daughter abandons him for the United States, and his Siamese cat goes missing. In Lau Siew Mei's new novel, an enclosed Australian neighbourhood becomes a microcosm of a world increasingly hostile towards migrants.

Songs From A Distance: Selected Poems From The 2015 And 2016 Migrant Worker Poetry CompetitionSongs From A Distance: Selected Poems From The 2015 And 2016 Migrant Worker Poetry Competition by Lim, Vanessa (Ed.)

Songs From A Distance is an anthology of 31 poems composed by migrant workers based in Singapore. Written in Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, English, Mandarin Chinese, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Tamil, these poems offer readers a glimpse into the thoughts, hopes, and dreams ofSingapore's invisible workforce. Mothers and fathers wonder if their children will grow to resent their absence. A lover longs for union with a beloved who is out of reach. A man weighs what is lost against what is to be gained by travelling to foreign shores. Songs From A Distance celebrates the literary talent of migrant workers and stands at the forefront of an exciting new literary genre.

Mystery Of Mystery Of "A Yellow Sleuth": Detective Sergeant Nor Nalla, Federated Malay States Police by Allan, Roland

In 1931 a book full of thrilling adventures set mostly in Malaya appeared in London under the title A Yellow Sleuth: Being the Autobiography of "Nor Nalla" (Detective-Sergeant Federated Malay States Police). Reviewers concluded that the stories were just barely plausible, but agreed that the author knew Malaya intimately. Nor Nalla is an anagram for Ron Allan, who spent four years working on a rubber plantation in Malaya shortly before World War I. The "yellow sleuth" is a master of undercover operations, and this reissued work explores vast locales, from the forests of Malaya to the ports of Java, from London's underbelly to the camps of Chinese laborers in WWI Flanders. Contemporary readers will not only savor the book's tales of adventure and detection, they will also appreciate the ways that the author brings to life- and reveals the contradictions of-late colonial society.

Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016Voices Of The Displaced: Poems From The Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015-2016 by Sharanya Premanathan; Tshiung Han See (Eds.)

This anthology contains the winning entries of the Malaysian Migrant Poetry Competition 2015 and 2016 as well as all the finalists. It contains poetry of migrant workers and refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria in 10 languages, including Bengali, Tagalog and Hakha Chin, with accompanying English translations.

Cry Of The Flying RhinoCry Of The Flying Rhino by Ngeow, Ivy

This novel is set in 1996 Malaysia and Borneo, told from multiple viewpoints and in multiple voices. Malaysian Chinese family doctor Benjie Lee has had a careless one night stand with his new employee - mysterious, teenage Talisa, the adopted daughter of a wealthy, crass Scottish plantation owner, Ian, in the provincial Malaysian town of Segamat. Talisa's arms are covered in elaborate tattoos, symbolic of great personal achievements among the Iban tribe in her native Borneo. Talisa has fallen pregnant and Ian forces Benjie to marry her. Benjie, who relished his previous life as a carefree, cosmopolitan bachelor, struggles to adapt to life as a husband and father. Meanwhile, Minos - an Iban who has languished ten years in a Borneo prison for a murder he didn't commit - is released into English missionary Bernard's care. One day, Minos and his sidekick and fellow ex-convict Watan appear in Segamat, forcing Benjie to confront his wife's true identity and ultimately his own fears. Are the tattoos the key to her secrets?

Shadows From Here: Tales Of TerrorShadows From Here: Tales Of Terror by Chang, Raymus

Shadows from Here is Raymus Chang's debut collection of horror stories. At the forefront of a new dawn in Singaporean ghost stories, these are 8 tales of atmospheric horror, based on Singaporean history and culture. A man consumed by ambition; An idol from a faraway place; A girl sings, and is spirited away; A tycoon lives forever; Five shadows haunt an innocent man; A dead soldier yearns to be remembered; A painter sees the end; A man not like others; A forgotten place moans in our woods.

Operation JanusOperation Janus by Cross, Jp

It is 1950s Malaya and the country is in the throes of the Malayan Emergency. As the British do battle with Communist terrorists hiding deep in the jungle, one British officer, a Communist sympathizer, has come to the attention of the staff at the Yam Yam. When Alan Hinlea, a British Gurkha captain with a hatred of a class system that has always kept him down, deserts to the guerillas and is spirited away to the jungle Communist HQ, Chin Peng, the leader of the Malayan Communist Party gloats at what he hopes will be a major propaganda victory. Operation Janus is the first in a trilogy of books involving Gurkha military units that may be read in any order. The author, JP Cross, a retired Gurkha colonel, old 'jungle hand' and counter-insurgency expert, draws on real events he witnessed during his time fighting in the Malayan Emergency and on true characters, including a British officer of his own battalion who attempted to join the Communist terrorists.

Gone Case: The Graphic Novel Complete EditionGone Case: The Graphic Novel Complete Edition by Chua, Dave; Koh Hong Teng

Set in a Singaporean housing estate, Gone Case is a moving yet unsentimental coming-of-age story. Yong, a 12-year-old boy has to deal with the dreaded PSLE exams while his family undergoes an upheaval. His friendship with his childhood friend Liang also undergoes strain as the exams approach. The novel won a commendation award in the Singapore Literature Prize in 1996 and is regarded as an essential work of Singapore Literature.

Being ArcadiaBeing Arcadia by Chesterman, Simon

Arcadia Greentree confronts her past - and her future. The pieces of Arcadia's life are slowly falling into place when Moira returns to scatter them once more. Arcadia must now choose whether to trust her nemesis as they uncover the dark secret of their birth.