A veritable collection of 25 short stories by young and prizewinning Asian writers from 15 countries: Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the UAE, Guyana, UK, USA and Australia.
The stories dwell on universal themes of human experience—social conflict, the clash of cultures, clash between tradition and modernization, loyalty, betrayal, love, horrors of war.
Mohammad Quayum is professor of English at the International Islamic University Malaysia, and author of 20 books including Sharing Borders: Studies in Contemporary Singaporean-Malaysian Literature (Singapore National Library Board and Singapore Arts Council, 2009), One Sky, Many Horizons: Studies in Malaysian Literature in English (Marshall Cavendish Malaysia, 2007), Saul Bellow and American Transcendentalism (Peter Lang, New York, 2004) and The Merlion and the Hibiscus: Contemporary Short Stories from Singapore and Malaysia (Penguin India, 2001).
His essays on American and Postcolonial literatures have appeared in leading literary journals in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan, India, and Malaysia. He has two books on Rabindranath Tagore forthcoming in 2011.