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中文诗与短篇小说 A Chinese Poem & Short Story

陈宇昕推荐 (Tan Yu Xin Recommends) 中文诗与短篇小说 A Chinese Poem & Short Story 中文诗与短篇小说有趣而意味深长。快看看联合早报记者陈宇昕推荐的两个文本吧! Chinese poetry and stories are interesting and full of meaning. Lianhe Zaobao journalist, Tan Yu Xin gives us two recommendations to enjoy!     谢裕民《蹲向传统或坐看现代》 这篇小说有三个关键词: 什么是家 什么是传统 什么是本能 如果是你,你会怎么写? 谢裕民以他一贯的幽默笔调,用一个马桶串联了这三个看起来沉重的关键词。 我们常囿于文字,小说家是创造者,也可以扮演仓颉的角色。托尔金为《魔戒》世界创造了精灵语,谢裕民也为这篇小说创造新字,而且是只属于新加坡的文字。 谁说简单的文字、结构、概念不能探索深刻的主题? 摘自小说的一段文本: 买下这间房子其实也只是一种冲动,带有传统情趣行为的冲动。女主角说,噢!感觉很好,很乡土,熟悉、自在,刚好我们需要一间房子。过后我们才发现,唯有抢修,我们的传统情趣才不会倒塌,但又不想,也不准完全以今助古,却在无法找到材料的情况下,只好以今拟古,在整体视觉上似古。 “Squatting Towards Tradition or Sitting In Search … Continue reading “中文诗与短篇小说 A Chinese Poem & Short Story”

Four Questions with a Reluctant Sleuth

Walter Woon’s Peranakan lawyer turned mystery solver tells all By Jaclynn Seah   We are hurtling back in time to the 1940s – during the tumultuous Japanese occupation in Singapore where we managed a furtive meet-up with Dennis Chiang, erstwhile lawyer now just trying to survive and find his lost lady love.   BuySingLit (BSL): … Continue reading “Four Questions with a Reluctant Sleuth”

Life of a Detective: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Life of a Detective: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly      Neil Humphreys’ bipolar detective has some cynical words for us By Jaclynn Seah Few people get the opportunity to speak with a top detective in the Singapore Police Force; even fewer get to speak personally with a famous one from Neil Humphreys’ … Continue reading “Life of a Detective: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

Four Questions with Chen Su Lin of The Frangipani Tree Mystery

Four Questions with Chen Su Lin of The Frangipani Tree Mystery Ovidia Yu’s unlikely sleuth of The Frangipani Tree Mystery speaks out By Jaclynn Seah We’ve transcended the mysteries of time and space for a rare interview with Chen Su Lin, fresh from the pages of Ovidia Yu’s The Frangipani Tree Mystery, a whodunit set … Continue reading “Four Questions with Chen Su Lin of The Frangipani Tree Mystery”

Three Self-Published Books to Read

Gwee Li Sui Recommends Three Self-Published Books to Read As Part of #BuySingLit Many self-published books don’t get the love they deserve. But guess what joins Pranav Joshi’s novel Behind a Cultural Cage, O Thiam Chin’s fiction collection Free-Falling Man, Evangeline Neo’s comic book Eva, Matcha and Kopi, and most books by Gene Whitlock? So … Continue reading “Three Self-Published Books to Read”

Three Books to Read on the MRT

Gwee Li Sui Recommends Three Books to Read on the MRT As Part of #BuySingLit The MRT trains keep stalling these days! Whether it be from a track fault or a signal fault, a delay is a delay, and we busy Singaporeans don’t take well to that. But, rather than get angry, why not amuse … Continue reading “Three Books to Read on the MRT”

Three Books to Read This National Day

Gwee Li Sui Recommends Three Books to Read This National Day As Part of #BuySingLit So it’s that time of the year again when you take out your Singaporean flag to hang and belt out subliminally programmed songs! You’d think that, for three books to read this season, I would recommend something with a title … Continue reading “Three Books to Read This National Day”