MIND YOUR (INTER)CULTURE
A book club hosted by Constance Singam
Welcome to Mind Your (Inter)Culture, our new book club that aims to open up intercultural exchanges through books. This April we analyse The Tower by Cultural Medallion winner Isa Kamari.
In April, we will delve into Cultural Medallion winner Isa Kamari's The Tower! The book has been translated to English by Alfian Sa'at.
The Tower tells the story of Ilham, an architect who is visiting the tower which he helped to design and build. As he climbs the tower with his clerk-of-works, Ilham reflects upon his life, revealing a deep sense of alienation and loss. What will he find when he eventually reaches the top? From Cultural Medallion winner Isa Kamari comes a masterful allegorical tale of success and failure.
The session is hosted by Constance Singam, and will be in English. Join us for an afternoon of reading and discussion with Isa!
Get your copy of Isa's book at Grassroots Bookroom today!
Mind Your (Inter)Culture
A book club with a difference, this monthly get-together showcases translated works from Singapore and Southeast Asia. The readings and discussions broaden the exposure of the general public to works written in different languages, and promote intercultural understanding among the communities through books.
About the writer
Isa has written nine novels in Malay: Satu Bumi, Kiswah, Tawassul, Menara, Atas Nama Cinta, Memeluk Gerhana, Rawa, Duka Tuan Bertakhta and Selendang Sukma. Eight, except Selendang Sukma were translated into English. Satu Bumi and Rawa have been translated into Mandarin, Tawassul has been translated into Hindi and Urdu, while Menara has also been translated into Turkish. Recently Isa has written his first novel in English, Tweet. He has also published two collections of poems, Sumur Usia and Munajat Sukma, a collection of short stories, Sketsa Minda, a collection of theatre scripts, Pintu and a book on Singapore Malay poetry, Potret Puisi Melayu Singapura. Isa was conferred the S.E.A. Write Award (2006), the Cultural Medallion (2007), and the Anugerah Tun Seri Lanang (2009).
About the host
Constance Singam is an author and civil society activist. She began her career in journalism, before taking a degree in English Literature in her forties, and a Master's degree in her sixties. She has been a columnist in several publications. Her works include "A History of the TWC: Building Social Space in Singapore", and "Re-Presenting Singapore Women" which she co-edited. She released her memoir "Where I Was: A Memoir from the Margins" in 2013. She blogs at: http://connie.sg/