A murderer s confession devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable workings of destiny.Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone, but delivers them only to a chosen few With Asian society changing around him, like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh.In the tradition of Camus and Houellebecq, Ah Hock s vivid and compelling description of the years building up to this appalling act of violence told over several days to a local journalist whose life has taken a different course is a portrait of an outsider like no other, an anti nostalgic view of human life and the ravages of hope It is the work of a writer at the peak of his powers. Read We, The Survivors – heartforum.co.uk
Born in Taiwan to Malaysian parents, Tash Aw grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to England in his teens He studied law at the University of Cambridge and University of Warwick, then moved to London to write After graduating he worked at a number of jobs, including as a lawyer for four years whilst writing his debut novel, which he completed during the creative writing course at the University of East Anglia Based on royalties as well as prizes, Aw is the most successful Malaysian writer of recent years Following the announcement of the Booker longlist, the Whitbread Award and his Commonwealth Writers Prize, he became a celebrity in Malaysia and Singapore, and is now one of the most respected literary figures in Southeast Asia.
- 336 pages
- We, The Survivors
- Tash Aw
- 04 December 2017 Tash Aw