By Yeng Pway Ngon, translated by Jeremy Tiang
Balestier Press/Paperback/220 pages/$26/ City Book Room
This eloquent new English translation revives Cultural Medallion recipient Yeng’s metafictional Chinese novel, which follows 4 leftist youngsters in 1950s Malaya as they protest in opposition to colonial rule. Disillusioned and middle-aged within the 1980s, they give the impression of being again on the detentions with out trial, affairs and horrors of the Cultural Revolution that they went by.
THE LAST IMMIGRANT
By Lau Siew Mei
Epigram Books/Paperback/271 pages/$26.64/ Major bookstores
Ismael, a Singaporean immigrant to Australia whose job is to resolve if asylum-seekers get to remain within the nation, loses his neighbour to suicide, his spouse to most cancers, his daughter to the United States and his Siamese cat to forces unknown. Lau, the creator of acclaimed 2000 novel Playing Madame Mao, takes on Australia’s troubled relationship with immigrants by this suburban story with a tinge of magic realism.
THIS IS WHAT INEQUALITY LOOKS LIKE
By Teo You Yenn
Ethos Books/Paperback/285 pages/$25/ Books Kinokuniya
How does poverty happen in Singapore? Teo, a sociologist, confronts powerful questions on how poverty and inequality exist and persist in cosmopolitan Singapore on this sequence of essays, based mostly on her analysis on the lives of low-income households, and in so doing challenges readers’ views about them.
SINGAPORE CHRONICLES: FINANCE; POLICING; SPORTS; URBAN PLANNING; FLORA AND FAUNA
By Ignatius Low; Asad Latif; Godfrey Robert; Heng Chye Kiang and Yeo Su-Jan; Wilson Wong
Straits Times Press/Paperback/96 to 116 pages/$16/ Major bookstores
The newest volumes on this Institute of Policy Studies and Straits Times Press sequence contact on topics from the powerful legal guidelines and strict policing that preserve Singapore’s crime price low, to the native evolution of sports activities from colonial cricket to Joseph Schooling’s Olympic triumph.