Thursday, May 24, 2007

Contemporary Malaysia-Singapore Writings

HERE IS A LIST OF BOOKS, a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, by Malaysian (and Singaporean) writers in no particular order. This is just a preliminary listing; I will be adding more books in the course of time. Have I missed out any?

1. The Flight of the Swans (Monsoon Books, 2005) / D. Devika Bai
2. I Am Muslim (Silverfish Books, 2007) / Dina Zaman
3. From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Writings on Religious Extremism (Silverfish Books, 2005) / Farish A. Noor
4. The Other Malaysia: Writings on Malaysia’s Subaltern History (Silverfish Books, 2002) / Farish A. Noor
5. Honk! If You’re Malaysian (MPH Publishing, 2007) / Lydia Teh
6. Life’s Like That (Pelanduk Publications, 2004) / Lydia Teh
7. Glimpses (MPH Publishing, 2008) / Adibah Amin
8. As I Was Passing (MPH Publishing, 2007) / Adibah Amin
9. As I Was Passing II (MPH Publishing, 2007) / Adibah Amin
10. This End of the Rainbow (Phoenix Press, 2006) / Adibah Amin
11. Gravedigger’s Kiss (MPH Publishing, 2008) / Tunku Halim
12. 44 Cemetery Road (MPH Publishing, 2007) / Tunku Halim
13. Vermillion Eye (Pelanduk Publications, 2000) / Tunku Halim
14. Dark Demon Rising (Pelanduk Publications, 1998) / Tunku Halim
15. The Sky is Crazy: Tales from a Trolley Dolly (Marshall Cavendish, 2005) / Yvonne Lee
16. Confessions of An Old Boy: The Dato’ Hamid Adventures (Marshall Cavendish, 2007) / Kam Raslan
17. Generation: A Collection of Contemporary Malaysian Ideas (Hikayat Press, 1998) / Amir Muhammad, Kam Raslan and Sheryll Stothard
18. London Does Not Belong to Me (Maya Press, 2003) / Lee Kok Liang
19. Death is a Ceremony and Other Short Stories (Federal Publications, 1992) / Lee Kok Liang
20. Flowers in the Sky (Heinemann Asia, 1981) / Lee Kok Liang
21. The Mutes in the Sun and Other Stories (Heinemann, 1964) / Lee Kok Liang
22. A Nyonya in Texas (Marshall Cavendish, 2007) / Lee Su Kim
23. Malaysian Flavours (Pelanduk Publications, 1996) / Lee Su Kim
24. A Backpack and A Bit of Luck (Marshall Cavendish, 2007) / Zhang Su Li
25. Journeys Through Southeast Asia: Ceritalah 2 (Marshall Cavendish, 2002) / Karim Raslan
26. Ceritalah: Malaysia in Transition (Marshall Cavendish, 1996) / Karim Raslan
27. Heroes and Other Stories (Marshall Cavendish, 1997) / Karim Raslan
28. Sister Swing (Times Books International, 2006) / Shirley Lim
29. Joss and Gold (Feminist Press, 2001) / Shirley Lim
30. What the Fortune Teller Didn’t Say (University of New Mexico/West End Press, 1998) / Shirley Lim
31. Two Dreams: New and Selected Stories (Feminist Press, 1997) / Shirley Lim
32. Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands (Feminist Press, 1996) / Shirley Lim
33. Life’s Mysteries: The Best of Shirley Lim (Times Books International, 1995) / Shirley Lim
34. Writing South East Asia in English: Against the Grain (Skoob Books, 1994) / Shirley Lim
35. Monsoon History: Selected Poems (Skoob Books, 1994) / Shirley Lim
36. Modern Secrets: New and Selected Poems (Dangaroo Press, 1989) / Shirley Lim
37. No Man’s Grove and Other Poems (National University of Singapore Press, 1985) / Shirley Lim
38. Another Country and Other Stories (Times Books International, 1982) / Shirley Lim
39. Crossing the Peninsula and Other Poems (Heinemann Asia, 1980) / Shirley Lim
40. Dark City (Midnight Press, 2006) / Xeus
41. A Malaysian Journey (Rehman Rashid, 1993) / Rehman Rashid
42. Map of the Invinsible World (HarperCollins India, 2009) / Tash Aw
43. The Harmony Silk Factory (HarperCollins, 2005) / Tash Aw
44. Touching Earth (Hodder & Stoughton/Sceptre, 2004) / Rani Manicka
45. The Rice Mother (Hodder & Stoughton/Sceptre, 2002) / Rani Manicka
46. The Gift of Rain (Myrmidon Press, 2007) / Tan Twan Eng
47. The Crocodile Fury (Angus & Robertson/HarperCollins Australia, 1992) / Beth Yahp
48. Yuyu and the Banyan Tree (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2008) / Tinling Choong
49. FireWife (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2007) / Tinling Choong
50. Behind the Moon (Allen & Unwin, 2005) / Hsu-Ming Teo
51. Love and Vertigo (Allen & Unwin, 2000) / Hsu-Ming Teo
52. Never Been Better (MPH Publishing, 2009) / O Thiam Chin
52. Mindgame (Hodder & Stoughton, 2000) / Yang-May Ooi
53. The Flame Tree (Hodder & Stoughton, 1998) / Yang-May Ooi
54. Breaking the Tongue (W.W. Norton & Co., 2004) / Vyvyane Loh
55. The Old House and Other Stories (Hologram, 2008) / Chuah Guat Eng
56. Echoes of Silence (Holograms, 1994) / Chuah Guat Eng
57. Tanah Tujuh (Silverfish Books, 2007) / Antares
58. Two Catfish in the Same Hole (Times Books International, 2001) / Kit Leee
59. Moth Balls (Magick River, 1994) / Kit Leee
60. Adoi! (Times Books International, 1989) / Kit Leee
61. The Merlion and the Hibiscus: Contemporary Short Stories from Singapore and Malaysia (Penguin Books India, 2002) / Dipika Mukherjee, Kirpal Singh and M.A. Quayam (eds.)
62. Nothing is Sacred (Maya Press, 2003) / Salleh Ben Joned
63. As I Please (Skoob Books, 1994) / Salleh Ben Joned
64. Live and Let Live (Kairos Research Centre, 2006) / Alex Tang
65. A Good Day to Die (Armour Publishing, 2005) / Alex Tang
66. Random Musings from a Doctor’s Chair (Armour Publishing, 2005) / Alex Tang
67. The Chinese Dilemma (East-West Publishing, 2004) / Ye Lin-Sheng
68. The Wedgwood Ladies Football Club and Other Stories (Silverfish Books, 2005) / T.R.R. Raman
69. Green is the Colour (Heinemann, 1983) / Lloyd Fernando
70. Scorpion Orchid (Heinemann, 1976) / Lloyd Fernando
71. Between Lives (Maya Press, 2003) / K.S. Maniam
72. Arriving and Other Stories (Times Books International, 1995) / K.S. Maniam
73. In a Far Country (Skoob Books, 1993) / K.S. Maniam
74. The Return (Skoob Books, 1981) / K.S. Maniam
75. Unhurried Thoughts at My Funeral (Horizon Books, 2005) / Catherine Lim
76. The Song of Silver Frond (Orion, 2003) / Catherine Lim
77. Following the Wrong God Home (Orion, 2001) / Catherine Lim
78. The Howling Silence: Tales of the Dead and Their Return (Horizon Books, 1999) / Catherine Lim
79. The Teardrop Story Woman (Orion, 1998) / Catherine Lim
80. The Bondmaid (Catherine Lim, 1995) / Catherine Lim
81. Or Else, the Lightning God and Other Stories (Heinemann Asia, 1980) / Catherine Lim
82. Little Ironies: Stories of Singapore (Heinemann Asia, 1978) / Catherine Lim
83. Prizewinning Asian Fiction (Times Books International, 1991) / Leon Comber (ed.)
84. Lovers and Strangers Revisited (Silverfish Books, 2005) / Robert Raymer
85. Lovers and Strangers (Heinemann Asia, 1993) / Robert Raymer
86. An Acre of Day’s Glass (Silverfish Books, 2006) / Wong Phui Nam
87. Against the Wilderness (Blackwater Books, 2000) / Wong Phui Nam
88. Ways of Exile (Skoob Books, 1993) / Wong Phui Nam
89. Remembering Grandma and Other Rumours (National University of Singapore, 1989) / Wong Phui Nam
90. How the Hills are Distant (University of Malaya, 1968) / Wong Phui Nam
91. A Bit of Earth (Times Books International, 2000) / Suchen Christine Lim
92. Fistful of Colours (SNP, 1993) / Suchen Christine Lim
93. Gift from the Gods (Graham Brash, 1990) / Suchen Christine Lim
94. Ricebowl (Times Editions, 1984) / Suchen Christine Lim
95. The Banana Leaf Men (Sensations Pro, 2003) / Aneeta Sundararaj
96. Nearing a Horizon (UniPress, 1994) / Ee Tiang Hong
97. Perfumed Memories (Graham Brash, 1982) / Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof
98. Mirror of a Hundred Hues: A Miscellany (The Asian Centre, Penang, 2001) / Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof
98. Time and Its People (Heinemann, 1978) / Muhammad Haji Salleh
99. The Red Cheong-sam and Other Old Tales of Malaya and Singapore (Horizon Books, 2006) / Ralph Modder
100. Friend (Landmark Books, 2003) / Edwin Thumboo
101. A Third Map: New and Selected Poems (UniPress, 1993) / Edwin Thumboo
102. Ulysses by the Merlion (Heinemann, 1979) / Edwin Thumboo
103. Gods Can Die (Heinemann, 1977) / Edwin Thumboo
104. Rib of Earth (1956) / Edwin Thumboo
105. The Angel of Changi and Other Short Stories (Angsana Press, 2005) / Goh Sin Tub
106. Tigers in Paradise (Times Editions, 2004) / Philip Jeyaretnam
107. Abraham’s Promise (Times Books International, 1994) / Philip Jeyaretnam
108. Raffles Place Ragtime (Times Books International, 1988) / Philip Jeyaretnam
109. First Loves (Times Books International, 1987) / Philip Jeyaretnam
110. A River of Roses (Times Books International, 1998) / Rex Shelley
111. Island in the Centre (Times Books International, 1995) / Rex Shelley
112. People of the Pear Tree (Times Books International, 1993) / Rex Shelley
113. The Shrimp People (Times Books International, 1991) / Rex Shelley
114. The Collected Poems of Nalla Tan (Times Books International, 1998) / Nalla Tan
115. Hearts and Crosses (Heinemann Asia, 1989) / Nalla Tan
116. Tanjung Rhu and Other Stories (Federal Publications, 1986) / Minfong Ho
117. Rice Without Rain (Andre Deutsch, 1986) / Minfong Ho
118. Death Rites: Tales from a Wake (Times Books International, 1990) / K.K. Seet
119. The City of Forgetting: The Collected Stories of Gopal Baratham (edited by Ban Kah Choon) (Times Books International, 2000) / Gopal Baratham
120. Moonrise, Sunset (Serpent’s Tail, 1996) / Gopal Baratham
121. Sayang (Times Books International, 1991) / Gopal Baratham
122. A Candle or The Sun (Serpent’s Tail, 1991) / Gopal Baratham
123. Figments of Experience and Other Stories (Times Books International, 1981) / Gopal Baratham
124. Of Memory and Desire: The Stories of Gopal Baratham (Times Books International, 2000) / Ban Kah Choon
125. The Dispeller of Worries (Marshall Cavendish, 2009) / Lau Siew Mei
126. Playing Madame Mao (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2000) / Lau Siew Mei
127. Mammon Inc. (Michael Joseph/Penguin, 2001) / Hwee Hwee Tan
128. Foreign Bodies (Michael Joseph/Penguin, 1997) / Hwee Hwee Tan
129. The Travel Writer (Picador Australia, 2006) / Simone Lazaroo
130. The Australian Fiancé (Picador Australia, 2000) / Simone Lazaroo
131. The World Waiting to be Made (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1994) / Simone Lazaroo
132. Dance with White Clouds: A Fable for Grown-ups (Asia 2000, 2001) / Goh Poh Seng
133. The Dance of Moths (Select Books, 1995) / Goh Poh Seng
134. The Immolation (Heinemann Asia, 1977) / Goh Poh Seng
135. If We Dream Too Long (Island Press, 1972) / Goh Poh Seng
136. As Though the Gods Love Us (Nightwood Editions, 2000) / Goh Poh Seng
137. The Girl from Ermita & Selected Poems 1961-1998 (Nightwood Editions, 1998) / Goh Poh Seng
138. Bird with One Wing: A Sequence of Poems (Island Press, 1982) / Goh Poh Seng
139. Lines from Batu Ferringhi (Island Press, 1978) / Goh Poh Seng
140. Eyewitness (Heinemann Asia, 1976) / Goh Poh Seng
141. Lambada by Galilee and Other Surprises (Times Books International, 1997) / Lee Tzu Peng
142. The Brink of an Amen (Times Books International, 1991) / Lee Tzu Peng
143. Against the Next Wave (Times Books International, 1988) / Lee Tzu Peng
144. Prospect of a Drowning (Heinemann Asia, 1980) / Lee Tzu Peng
145. The Space of City Trees: Selected Poems (Skoob Books, 1999) / Arthur Yap
146. Man Snake Apple and Other Poems (Heinemann Asia, 1986) / Arthur Yap
147. Down the Line (Heinemann Asia, 1980) / Arthur Yap
148. Commonplace (Heinemann Asia, 1977) / Arthur Yap
149. Only Lines (Federal Publications, 1971) / Arthur Yap
150. Can Asians Think? (Times Books International, 1998) / Kishore Mahbubani
151. Leaving Home, Mother: Selected Poems (Angsana Books, 1999) / Robert Yeo
152. A Part of Three: Poems 1966-1988 (Select Books, 1989) / Robert Yeo
153. The Adventures of Holden Heng (Heinemann Asia, 1986) / Robert Yeo
154. And Napalm Does Not Help (Heinemann Asia, 1977) / Robert Yeo
155. Coming Home, Baby (Federal Publications, 1971) / Robert Yeo
156. Cat Walking and the Games We Play (Ethos Books, 1998) / Kirpal Singh
157. Palm Readings: Poems (Graham Brash, 1986) / Kirpal Singh
158. Diver & Other Poems (Cricket Communications, 2007) / Alina Rastam
159. Lions in Winter: Stories (MPH Publishing, 2008) / Wena Poon

12 Comments:

Blogger Alex Tang said...

May I suggest the following non-fiction :)

(1) Random Musings from a Doctor's Chair(Armour Publishers,2005)/Alex Tang
(2) A Good Day to Die (Armour Publishing, 2005)/ Alex Tang
(3) Live and Let Live (Kairos Research Centre, 2006)/ Alex Tang

Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:19:00 AM  
Blogger Amir said...

"May 13" by Kua Kia Soong. Bestseller what :-)

Thursday, June 07, 2007 8:49:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks, Amir, for the suggestion!

Thursday, June 07, 2007 9:45:00 PM  
Blogger K.Kim said...

The Howling Silence - Tales of the Dead & Their Return (Horizon Books, 1999)/ Catherine Lim

Blood and the Soil - A Portrait of Dr Ong Chong Keng (Times Book International, 1995)/ Pamela Ong

My Story - Lim Goh Tong (Pelanduk Publications, 2004)/ Lim Goh Tong

Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew - Life and Times of a Fire Dragon (2006 -don't know who's the publisher,lent my book to someone)/ Raymond Flower, Winston Lim and Dato' Lim Cheng Yean

Collateral Damage - A Silverfish Collection of Short Stories, edited by Sharon Bakar (Silverfishbooks, 2004)/ 23 writers

Btw, is Suchen Christine Lim a Malaysian or Singaporean?

Friday, June 08, 2007 1:26:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Kim! I think Suchen Christine Lim is a Malaysia-born Singaporean.

Friday, June 08, 2007 6:00:00 AM  
Blogger Sharanya Manivannan said...

You missed Aneeta! :)

Friday, June 08, 2007 7:17:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks, Sharanya!

Friday, June 08, 2007 4:44:00 PM  
Blogger Tunku Halim said...

Eric,

You can also add Gopal Baratham's "The City of Forgetting" and "Sayang". There's also Nick Moey's "Pontianak" and Othman Wok's "Malayan Horror". All are Singaporean.

There are many more, particularly books on Malaysian history, politics and biographies.

You've also missed all my non-fiction. :)

Your list is going to be huge. Can I suggest splitting it between fiction and non-fiction?

Sunday, June 10, 2007 5:13:00 PM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks, T. Halim!

Sunday, June 10, 2007 7:08:00 PM  
Anonymous just a young student said...

this is a wonderful website! i found the books addictive and meaningful to the malaysia and singapore culture. (:

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger Ione traveller said...

Hi,

This is Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof. Thanks for compiling the list of Malaysian books. Just wish to point out that I have several volumes you have not listed. See gsyousof.com, in case you wish to update. All the best.

Ghulam-SarwarYousof.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009 3:51:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks for the update.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009 4:15:00 AM  

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