Category Archives: Fiction

Feature: The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien

There have been many attempts at anthologizing the works of Brian O’Nolan. Most of the anthologies collect the work of O’Nolan as a newspaper man – The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn and The Hair of Dogma,

Feature: The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien

There have been many attempts at anthologizing the works of Brian O’Nolan. Most of the anthologies collect the work of O’Nolan as a newspaper man – The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn and The Hair of Dogma,

Five Star Billionaire

Shifting between a series of seemingly disparate narratives, Tash Aw’s latest work, Five-Star Billionaire, traces the lives of five Malaysians in the less familiar land of Shanghai, all whom share a common goal: to fulfill their material desires one way

Five Star Billionaire

Shifting between a series of seemingly disparate narratives, Tash Aw’s latest work, Five-Star Billionaire, traces the lives of five Malaysians in the less familiar land of Shanghai, all whom share a common goal: to fulfill their material desires one way

Why you should read: The Map and the Territory

Michael Kearney drinks in the multifaceted cartography of Michel Houellebecq’s making (you have to let your brain absorb all of the elements of the parenthetical setting in one go). By What Hodological Map Should I Read This? I was reading

Why you should read: The Map and the Territory

Michael Kearney drinks in the multifaceted cartography of Michel Houellebecq’s making (you have to let your brain absorb all of the elements of the parenthetical setting in one go). By What Hodological Map Should I Read This? I was reading

Spider Boys

Kim is scare of traffic, makes everybody laugh when she hesitates about as they cross busy roads. Big Mole was happy to lead her across. Big Mole ask with her brown Malay face, “Where do you stay?” “Ho Swee Hill,

Spider Boys

Kim is scare of traffic, makes everybody laugh when she hesitates about as they cross busy roads. Big Mole was happy to lead her across. Big Mole ask with her brown Malay face, “Where do you stay?” “Ho Swee Hill,

There is a light that never goes out

John Banville’s Ancient Light, a story of love’s memory, its loss, and the pertinacious endurance of its forgetting, by its title alone suggests that the light, or the flame itself, is only ever rekindled. For Banville’s ageing actor-father Alexander Cleave—the

There is a light that never goes out

John Banville’s Ancient Light, a story of love’s memory, its loss, and the pertinacious endurance of its forgetting, by its title alone suggests that the light, or the flame itself, is only ever rekindled. For Banville’s ageing actor-father Alexander Cleave—the

Why you should read: The Twilight Saga

With the cinematic end of the vampire series in sight, the Singapore Review of Book‘s intrepid Jeremy Fernando suggests that, despite the general cynicism of its detractors, there are crucial lessons to be learnt from the fifty shades of pale.

Why you should read: The Twilight Saga

With the cinematic end of the vampire series in sight, the Singapore Review of Book‘s intrepid Jeremy Fernando suggests that, despite the general cynicism of its detractors, there are crucial lessons to be learnt from the fifty shades of pale.

Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale

In Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale, Australian-Vietnamese writer Chi Vu re-imagines the Buddhist tale of a vicious murderer who collects his victims’ fingers, but is pacified and transformed when he encounters the Buddha. Vu’s Anguli Ma lives among struggling refugees

Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale

In Anguli Ma: A Gothic Tale, Australian-Vietnamese writer Chi Vu re-imagines the Buddhist tale of a vicious murderer who collects his victims’ fingers, but is pacified and transformed when he encounters the Buddha. Vu’s Anguli Ma lives among struggling refugees

Small Indiscretions

Many of the stories in Australian writer Felicity Castagna’s first collection, Small Indiscretions, occupy a tantalising space, one imagines, between fantasy and autobiography. In almost every case the protagonist is, like Castagna herself, a slight and quiet young woman. In

Small Indiscretions

Many of the stories in Australian writer Felicity Castagna’s first collection, Small Indiscretions, occupy a tantalising space, one imagines, between fantasy and autobiography. In almost every case the protagonist is, like Castagna herself, a slight and quiet young woman. In

My dream is yours … or, butterfly kisses …

Isn’t it quite amazing how the appearance of a butterfly can inject a stutter or pause into any conversation? Words and words pour out of the animals in assembly, before they are all of a sudden arrested by the passing

My dream is yours … or, butterfly kisses …

Isn’t it quite amazing how the appearance of a butterfly can inject a stutter or pause into any conversation? Words and words pour out of the animals in assembly, before they are all of a sudden arrested by the passing