Tweet is Cultural Medallion winner Isa Kamari’s new novella.
Tweet” is a high-quality work of imaginative fiction from the Cultural Medallion winner that marries traditional storytelling with a modern theme.
The novel is set in Singapore’s bird park, an international tourist destination and an iconic bird sanctuary. Isa Kamari, through a dialogue between a Singaporean grandfather and his grandchild, ponders over the stress and demands of our modern human existence.
Through the grandchild’s innocent questions, the author exposes us to the frailties of our modern life. Intermixed in the narrative is the famous fable of Simurg, the legendary bird, that some of the birds of the bird park are deliriously desirous of meeting. They embark upon a journey that brings them face-to-face with a reality that they had not imagined even in their dreams.
In his first ever English language work, Isa Kamari shows us a new facet of his storytelling abilities, which is part philosophical and part imaginative.
80 pages / $15
From Isa Kamari comes a masterful tale of success and failure, which has been translated for the first time into English by Alfian Sa’at, his debut work of translation.
A successful architect visits the new skyscraper he designed. As he climbs the tower with Ilham, his clerk of works, he reflects upon his life and spiritual journey in an increasingly materialistic world.
Memories of a dark past plague him as he struggles to reach the top, which are woven into the narrative as a series of fables and elliptical digressions, mirroring his own increasingly fractured state of mind.
About the Cultural Medallionist:
Isa Kamari has written eight novels in Malay, many of which have been translated into English. He has published collections of poems, short stories and plays. He also writes drama serials and documentaries for television. His awards include the S.E.A. Write Award, Singapore’s Cultural Medallion and the Anugerah Tun Seri Lanang. He has a degree in Architecture from the National University of Singapore, and a Master of Philosophy in Malay Letters from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
About the Translator:
Alfian Sa’at is the resident playwright of Wild Rice. He is a two-time winner of The Straits Times Life! Theatre Award for Best Original Script, and a recipient of the Golden Point Award for Poetry and the Young Artist Award for Literature. His works include collections of plays, the poetry collections One Fierce Hour and A History of Amnesia, and the short story collections Corridor and Malay Sketches.