War, loss, love, compassion, nightmares, dreams, hopes and catastrophes; this is literary Asia at its best. From a wide range of geographies spanning from Palestine to Japan, from Kazakhstan to the Malaysia, mobilizing a wide array of innovative narrative styles and writing techniques, the short stories of this anthology, carefully curated by one of Asia’s prominent and daring writers, will take you on a power trip of deep exploration of local (yet global) pains and hopes, a celebration (and contemplation) of humanity and its impact, as explored by 24 writers and 6 translators, many of whom identify with many homes, giving Asia what it truly represents across (and beyond) its vast territory, expansive history, and many traditions and languages. This book is an open celebration of multi-faceted creativity and plurality.
The Best Asian Short Stories 2019 includes
JOEL DONATO JACOB (Philippines)
LANA ABDEL RAHMAN (Lebanon)
RAZIA SULTANA KHAN (Bangladesh)
DEENA DAJANI (Palestine)
ALAN IRID FENDI (Syria)
SAMIDHA KALIA (India)
SCOTT PLATT-SALCEDO (Philippines)
ANITHA DEVI PILLAI (Singapore)
ANGELO WONG (Hong Kong)
ODAI AL ZOUBI (Syria)
SIMON ROWE (New Zealand / Japan)
SEEMA PUNWANI (Singapore)
VRINDA BALIGA (India)
NAMRATA PODDAR (India / USA)
T.A. MORTON (Irealand / Hong Kong)
HAMID ISMAILOV (Uzbekistan)
SUCHI GOVINDARAJAN (India)
YD CHANG (China / Malaysia)
JOLIN KWOK (Malaysia)
IMRAN KHAN (Bangladesh)
YAN TI (Taiwan)
ZIRA NAURZBAYEVA (Kazakhstan)
KAISA AQUINO (Philippines)
JOSE VARGHESE (India)
Hisham Bustani is an award-winning Jordanian author of several collections of short fiction and poetry. He is acclaimed for his bold style and unique narrative voice, and often experiments with the boundaries of short fiction and prose poetry. Much of his work revolves around issues related to social and political change, particularly the dystopian experience of post-colonial modernity in the Arab world. Hisham’s fiction and poetry have been translated into many languages, with English-language translations appearing in prestigious journals across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, including The Kenyon Review, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature Today, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2013, the U.K.-based cultural webzine The Culture Trip listed him as one of Jordan’s top six contemporary writers.
Zafar Anjum is a Singapore-based writer, filmmaker and publisher.
Copies will be shipped after 8 Nov 2019.