Silverfish New Writing 2

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An anthology of stories from Malaysia, Singapore and beyond.

In Hantu Tetek, Alfian Sa’at revisits a popular Malay ghost story often used to scare children. The significance of this story brings attention to the more serious issue of women’s struggle with breast cancer, thus centering women’s bodies or body parts in the Malay narrative. The reference to the word ‘hantu’ (‘ghost’) creates a sense of fear of the ghost and also the disease which haunts both children and women. Such reference to popular ghost stories or folk myths also gives poignancy to the narration whereby the adult experience of illness is perceived through the nostalgic filter of childhood.

NF Abdul Manaf’s Woman from Hell, which tells the story of an Indonesian domestic worker who dies at the hands of a psychotic employer, is surprising in its conclusion as the reader is led to reconsider who is actually the ‘woman from hell’. The story thus creates an alternative reading to the typical domestic scene in a Malay household with the presence of an Indonesian domestic worker.

Featuring stories from Alfian Sa’at, Jun Keat Chan, Craig Cormick, Paul Skye, Julie Constable, Yeoh Siew Hoon, Hafiz Mohamed, M. Shanmughalingam, Mohd Fairoz Ahmad, Murungu Megat Ishak, Umej Bhatia, Lawrence Gray, Beatrice Lye, Kee Thuan Chye, Jeanell Buckley, Melissa Maureen Rizal, Robert Hefner, Jennifer Gay Albertson, Tim Beckett, Chris Chakraborty, Hwa Yi-Jien, Quek Sue Yian, X-Tian, Matt Sullivan, and NF Abdul Manaf.

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An anthology of stories from Malaysia, Singapore and beyond.

In Hantu Tetek, Alfian Sa’at revisits a popular Malay ghost story often used to scare children. The significance of this story brings attention to the more serious issue of women’s struggle with breast cancer, thus centering women’s bodies or body parts in the Malay narrative. The reference to the word ‘hantu’ (‘ghost’) creates a sense of fear of the ghost and also the disease which haunts both children and women. Such reference to popular ghost stories or folk myths also gives poignancy to the narration whereby the adult experience of illness is perceived through the nostalgic filter of childhood.

NF Abdul Manaf’s Woman from Hell, which tells the story of an Indonesian domestic worker who dies at the hands of a psychotic employer, is surprising in its conclusion as the reader is led to reconsider who is actually the ‘woman from hell’. The story thus creates an alternative reading to the typical domestic scene in a Malay household with the presence of an Indonesian domestic worker.

Featuring stories from Alfian Sa’at, Jun Keat Chan, Craig Cormick, Paul Skye, Julie Constable, Yeoh Siew Hoon, Hafiz Mohamed, M. Shanmughalingam, Mohd Fairoz Ahmad, Murungu Megat Ishak, Umej Bhatia, Lawrence Gray, Beatrice Lye, Kee Thuan Chye, Jeanell Buckley, Melissa Maureen Rizal, Robert Hefner, Jennifer Gay Albertson, Tim Beckett, Chris Chakraborty, Hwa Yi-Jien, Quek Sue Yian, X-Tian, Matt Sullivan, and NF Abdul Manaf.

 

Publisher: Silverfish Books

Paperback

2002

ISBN: 9789834081614