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Kitaab launches the best asian short stories 2020 at the singapore writers festival (swf) 2020

The Best Asian Short Stories 2020

With a Foreword by celebrated poet, novelist and critic Tabish Khair and edited by the founder of Kitaab, Zafar Anjum, the fourth volume of The Best Asian Short Stories 2020 (TBASS 2020) has been launched at the Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) this year.

From the mountains of Uttrakhand in India to the Rocky Mountain in Canada, the stories in this volume represent the multitude of Asian voices that capture the wishes, aspirations, dreams and conflicts of people inhabiting a vast region of our planet. While some contributions deal with the themes of migration, pandemics and climate change, others give us a peek into the inner workings of the human heart through the prism of these well-wrought stories. This volume is the expression of a community, “a community of Asian writing that stands on its own two – no, its own million – feet!”, as novelist and critic Tabish Khair says in his ‘Foreword’. 

This volume features 17 stories from writers across the world. They include Scott P. Salcedo, Seema Punwani, Kelly Kaur, Yap Swi Neo, Karen Kwek, Murali Kamma, Darryl Whetter, Adeline Tan, Jasmine Adams, Sarah Soh, Moazzam Sheikh, Sudeep Sen, Areeba Nasir, Donna Tang, Phong Huynh, Farah Ghuznavi and Jon Gresham. Three stories by writers Eric Wee, Prachi Topiwala and Sonaha Manzoor have been selected as Web specials that will be published at tbass.org.

Copies of this volume can be ordered from the festival bookstore here (local shipping is free).

About the editor
Zafar Anjum is a Singapore-based writer, publisher and filmmaker. He is the author of The Resurgence of Satyam (Penguin Random House, 2012), Startup Capitals: Discovering the Global Hotspots of Innovation (Penguin Random House, 2014), and Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician (Penguin Random House, 2014). His short story collections include The Singapore Decalogue (Red Wheelbarrow Press, 2012) and Kafka in Ayodhya and Other Stories (Kitaab, 2015). He is the series editor of the Best Asian series. He is also the founder of Kitaab and Filmwallas.

All volumes of The Best Asian series can be ordered from kitaabstore.com.

NEW RELEASES FROM ASIA- October 2020

The Curse: Stories by Salma ( Translated by N. Kalyan Raman)

  • Publisher: Speaking Tiger
  • Year of publication: 2020 / October
  • Pages: 192
  • Price: INR 350

Book Blurb:

In The Curse, acclaimed author and poet Salma blasts through the artifice of genre an language to reveal the messy, violent, vulnerable and sometimes beautiful realities of being a woman in deeply patriarchal societies. Loosely rooted in the rural Muslim communities of Tamil Nadu, these stories shine a light on the complex dramas governing the daily lives of most women moving through the world.

In the title story, a young spinster is caught between her desire for marriage and a dark family history that haunts her like a curse. In ‘Toilets’, a woman recounts in stunning, visceral detail how access to the most basic human space has been regulated by trauma, shame and the male gaze. In ‘The Orbit of Confusion’, a daughter writes a heartbreaking letter, struggling to come to terms with her anger and love for the woman who raised her. In these and five other emotionally charged stories that are at times humorous, even spooky, Salma crafts exquisite and contradictory inner worlds like Alice Munro with the playfulness and spirit of Ismat Chughtai—in a voice that is entirely her own. Available together for the first time in English—in a lively, nimble translation by Kalyan Raman—these stories will grab you by the throat and leave you fundamentally changed.

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Kitaab announces 15 new titles to mark 15th anniversary

15 Books to Look Forward to in 2020/2021 from Kitaab

Kitaab celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2020. What started as a literary blog in 2005 has now grown to a credible indie publishing house, connecting Asian writers with global readers. 

To mark this milestone in the journey of Kitaab’s life, we are announcing 15 titles that we are very excited about–they will be launched this year and next year. A few of them have just been released, and some will be released at the virtual Singapore Writers’ Festival this year.

  1. Dreams in Moonless Night by Hussain Ul Haque (Eng. translation by Syed Sarwar Hussain)

This much-appreciated multilayered novel spans the traumatic years of the aftermath of Indian Independence to the current apocalyptical state of affairs. It tells the story of Ismael Merchant who even after losing his whole family in a communal carnage represents the intrinsic Indian passion for love and brotherhood. 

This title will be virtually launched at the Singapore Writers Festival 2020.

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