We, The Survivors (Hardback)Tash Aw (author)
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An intoxicating account of thwarted ambition, alienation and systemic inequality, We, the Survivors places a murderer’s testimony at the heart of a multilayered deconstruction of Malaysian society. Febrile and sinuous, this book confirms Tash Aw’s place at the heart of contemporary fiction.
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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 31 mm
'Aw is a master storyteller' - Aminatta Forna, The Guardian
'What a storyteller Tash Aw is' - Doris Lessing
'Aw is a writer of great power and delicacy, as able to conjure stampeding crowds as the glow of fireflies' - The Daily Mail
'The ironically-titled We, the Survivors is the story of billions of human beings today-but not one reader. This is the tale of poor people-refugees, day laborers-whose lives are ruled by cruel circumstance and extreme poverty, whose struggles end in defeat, who are not meant to survive. What would be abstract in a report is here given burning, lacerated flesh. In the twenty-first century it is our Everyman, alas' - Edmund White
'[Aw] is unmatched at evoking the smells and sounds of the land and cityscapes, the figures of speech and shifting cultural mores of that finger-like peninsula that pokes into the South China Sea' - Independent on Sunday
'Deeply atmospheric, this is a touching and beautifully written novel that questions the whole nature of authority.' - The Mail
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