Tumasik: Contemporary Writing from Singapore

October 27, 2009

Edited by Alvin Pang

Published by Autumn Hill Books, International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and the National Arts Council of Singapore, 2009

“Incan Dream”
“Dream Sequence”
“A Rediscovery of the Weight of the World”
“A Treatise on Infinity by the Sea”

From the Back Cover:

This volume features contributions from thirty-nine living Singaporean writers, who represent but a sampling of some of the fine creative talent at work in the four major literary languages in Singapore today, i.e. Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English. … [I]ts many voices do not conform to monocultural expectations: they swim between tongues, vernaculars, conventions and codes. But this is not the transient literature of a disparate and dispirited people. Contemporary writing in Singapore may be complex, diverse and cosmopolitan, but it always carries heart and answers conscience.

Alvin Pang


“The new nation-state of Singapore, with people largely from, or descended from people from elsewhere seemed to be writing itself into being. … Here is art that comes from the creative subconscious of artists who are part of the collective unconscious of the nation.”

Peter Nazareth, University of Iowa

Tumasik, a singularly Singaporean collection with works that cut across generations, genres, styles and languages, is Pang’s most ambitious and important anthology to date. … [W]hat is amazing is the cohesiveness that Pang achieves with works that run the gamut from plays, stories and poems to novel excerpts, essays and creative non-fiction pieces.”

Kristina Tom, Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore

For more on this book, click here.


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