by Yeng Pway Ngon
When the fervour of revolution is gone, what remains?
Four leftist teenagers in 1950s Malaya dedicate themselves to overthrowing colonialism and bringing about a better world. With time, their paths diverge — into capitalism, into adultery, into the dark heart of the Cultural Revolution. Disillusioned and middle-aged, they look back at their lives from the prosperous but soulless 1980s, wondering what has become of their dreams and ideals.
Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize
‘The fiery radicals became businessmen, housewives, and pensioners — ordinary people. Yet such ordinary people once shook the world, and could do so again.’— The White Review
Book Reviews by Writing Chinese at University of Leeds
Mentioned in The Guardian Best Books of 2017 by Indie Publishers
Translated from the Chinese (Singapore) by Jeremy Tiang
Publication date: 15 January 2018
Format: Paperback (Demy octavo) 216mm x 138mm
Pages: 220 pp