Kitaab launched Isa Kamari’s latest novel, The Throne, at the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) on 14 November 2021 via Zoom. The event was moderated by poet and editor Dr. Alvin Pang.
The novel presents a gripping story of person suffering from schizophrenia in modern Singapore. The narrative traces the alienation and failures that he faces from teenage years to adulthood which result in his mental disorder. It is both realistic and allegorical at the same time and makes use of poetry to bring together parts of the prose seamlessly. The novel also attempts to explore the intricate relationship between insanity, creativity and spirituality. It is through the understanding and mastering of this delicate yet fertile balance and unity that the healing process takes place, but it is not without much suffering and sacrifice. Paperback and Kindle versions of this anthology are now available globally through Amazon.com.
Isa has written 10 novels, 3 collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, a book of essays on Singapore Malay poetry, a collection of theatre scripts and lyrics of 2 song albums, all in Malay. His novels have been translated into English, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Thai, Indonesian and Mandarin. Translation into Hindi, Spanish and Russian is also in the pipeline. His collections of essays and selected poems have been translated into English. His first novel in English, Tweet was published in 2016. Isa was conferred the Southeast Asia Write Award from Thailand in 2006, the Singapore Cultural Medallion in 2007, the Anugerah Tun Seri Lanang from the Singapore Malay Language Council in 2009, and the Mastera Literary Award from Brunei Darussalam in 2018.