Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize
When the fervour of revolution is gone, what remains?
Four leftist teenagers in 1950s Malaya dedicate themselves to overthrowing colonialism and bringing about a better world. With time, their paths diverge — into capitalism, into adultery, into the dark heart of the Cultural Revolution. Disillusioned and middle-aged, they look back at their lives from the prosperous but soulless 1980s, wondering what has become of their dreams and ideals.
Balestier Press publishes the best and most original voices in contemporary Asian literature—including novels, short stories, and children’s picture books.
Much diversity and value from Asian translated literature remains to be explored by many English-speaking readers around the world. We believe that stories from Asia deserve to reach new audiences and are proud to present exciting, high-quality authors and illustrators, translated by some of the best in the field.
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