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Hokusai Manga (3 Volumes)Hokusai Manga (3 Volumes) by

In 1814, Hokusai's sketches were published in a handbook of over 4,000 images: Hokusai Manga. It surpassed expectations as a student reference book, and became a bestseller. Here, in an elegant, three-volume package, an expansive selection of these works are revealed, presenting all of the themes, motifs and drawing techniques found in his art. The caricatures, satirical drawings, multi-panel illustrations and narrative depictions found in the book can clearly be seen as the basis for manga as it is understood today.

Rashomon And Other StoriesRashomon And Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Widely acknowledged as the father of the Japanese short story, Ryunosuke Akutagawa remains one of the most influential Japanese writers of all time. Rashomon and Other Stories, a collection of his most celebrated work, resonates as strongly today as when it first published a century ago. With a new foreword by noted Akutagawa scholar Seiji Lippit, this updated version of a classic collection is a an excellent, readable introduction to Japanese literature.

Singapore Chronicles: LiteratureSingapore Chronicles: Literature by Koh Tai Ann, Tan Chee Lay, Hadijah Rahmat Et Al

Singapore has not one national literature but four literatures, in the official languages of Malay, Chinese, Tamil and English. Each thus differs in origin, literary tradition and development, and they reach disparate reading publics both nationally and internationally. This book attempts to bridge these differences by introducing to the reading public in English within one volume for the first time, the literary history, development and significant writers of each literature. By situating these in their shared common historical context, the book reveals how the literatures are each unique yet ultimately, Singaporean. Lists of translations and digital resources enable readers, moreover, to explore the literatures on their own.

Right Of The SoilRight Of The Soil by Yong Shu Hoong

The Latin phrase, jus soli ("right of the soil"), is an unconditional right of a person born within the territory of a country to be conferred citizenship. Singapore's nationality law is based on jus sanguinis ("right of blood", in which citizenship is determined by that of one or both parents) and a modified form of jus soli (with at least one Singaporean parent). A two-time Singapore Literature Prize winner, Yong Shu Hoong contemplates how a person is invariably bound to the land on which he first sets foot. These poems address topics like belongingness and birthright by exploring the intermingling of the four fundamental elements of air, water, fire and earth.

Gods Will Hear Us Eventually, TheGods Will Hear Us Eventually, The by Koh, Jinny

When 7-year-old Anna told a lie to get out of trouble, she didn't expect her older sister to go missing. Faced with her mother's wrath and riddled with guilt, Anna tries to make amends as she grapples with the aftermath of her actions. Until her daughter's body is found, Su Lai refuses to believe that she has simply disappeared. Turning to a medium as her obsession to find her daughter escalates, the family is sucked into a web of pain and deceit that forces them to confront their own measures of loss. A masterful debut by Jinny Koh, The Gods Will Hear Us Eventually boldly interrogates the extent of familial love and expectation while unravelling the complexities of hope and redemption.

Gaze BackGaze Back by Tan, Marylyn

What do we expect of an author who is unapologetically female? What do we expect of consuming art in general? Should a work be easy, should a work be safe? Marylyn Tan's debut volume, GAZE BACK, complicates ideas of femininity, queerness, and the occult. The feminine grotesque subverts the restrictions placed upon the feminine body to be attractive and its subjection to notions of the ideal. The occultic counterpoint to organised religion, then, becomes a way toward techniques of empowering the marginalised. GAZE BACK, ultimately, is an instruction book, a grimoire, a call to insurrection-to wrest power back from the social structures that serve to restrict, control and distribute it amongst those few privileged above the disenfranchised.

SuperichSuperich by Lau, Johnny; Rick Chen (Art)

Learn about the value of money through the adventures of Golda, the main character of SupeRich! The book also features a section on Money Talk with investing guru Jim Rogers. Golda has just enrolled himself into Super Age Academy, but there's one little problem - it's a school for special students born with superpowers!! Still, Golda has one 'superpower' on his side… The power of money!!

Without: Stories Of Lack And LongingWithout: Stories Of Lack And Longing by Koh Morollo, Michele

What's missing in your life? What keeps you up at night? What will make you happy? What will make you whole? These are the things that the stories in Without explore. Lack, a companion to all, reveals itself in different ways in these fifteen tales, offering glimpses into how we live without the things we want, need, or think we ought to have. Through the eyes of characters from across the world, Without brings you into lives where contentment is just out of reach.

Hantu Macabre: A Suzanna Sim Paranormal Crime MysteryHantu Macabre: A Suzanna Sim Paranormal Crime Mystery by Girardi, Jill

Beloved Malaysian actress Annabelle Shek is found dead, her body was decapitated and dismembered. Annabelle is the first of many such victims. Every three months, another woman is found murdered in the same way, and it becomes apparent that these killings are part of a sacrificial ritual. Enter Suzanna Sim - a hard-boiled, tattooed punk rocker forced to grow up on the streets of George Town, Penang when she was orphaned at a young age. She's the owner of a private investigation firm that specializes in black magic and occult crimes. She solves these cases with the help of her supernatural partner: a toyol named Tokek.

Anima Methodi: The Poetics Of MirroringAnima Methodi: The Poetics Of Mirroring by Kon Desmond & Eric Valles (Eds.)

Conceived by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé and Eric Tinsay Valles, the anima methodi is a 16-lined poem, comprising two stanzas of eight lines each. The structure has been quaintly called the twofold binate octave. Two words or phrases are repeated anywhere within the first binate octave, and the same mirroring effect (with the same or different pair of texts) is done for the second binate octave. There remains continuity across both stanzas, with the last line of the first stanza moving seamlessly - across the stanza break as dovetail - into the first line of the second stanza. The stanza break may also locate the poem's volta, as with the sonnet, for which, according to Phillis Levin, "the volta is the seat of its soul". This anthology is co-edited by Eric Tinsay Valles and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé.

OneirosOneiros by Wong, Cyril

Cyril Wong's eighth collection hurls the reader into a private dream world; these dreams explore the finitude of the self, recasting the poet's past and shaping the future or daring to mine its dangerous potential.

Too Too Too TooToo Too Too Too by Ho Lai-Ming, Tammy

Tammy Ho Lai-Ming's second poetry collection Too Too Too Too is sensual, imaginative, narrative-driven and political. Her poetic voice is at once unflinching and delicate, and has the power to be both discomforting and challenging. She combines the ethics and aesthetics of realist fiction with an exploration of the range of possibilities to create a twenty-first-century transnational poetics. These poems will inspire speculation and invite myriad interpretation.

B-Sides And Backslides: 1986-2018B-Sides And Backslides: 1986-2018 by Cheong, Felix

Nine years after his last volume of poetry, Felix Cheong makes a comeback - this time, a collection of poetic outtakes and more recent writings. B-Sides and Backslides: 1986 - 2018 puts together an unrelenting and honest portrait of the poet as a young man - an undergrad hung up on T.S. Eliot - through the ups and downers of career and marriage, to middle age. It is at once an insightful mapping of his craft over 30 years and a typography of turns and returns of themes and images. Collected here is the full range of Felix's oeuvre, from odes to love to social observations, from religious musings to political satire. Complete with liner (linear) notes documenting the periods between his four books, this anthology will offer you a rare look at a poet's growth and creative process from the inside out.

Mr Kiasu: Everything Also First ClassMr Kiasu: Everything Also First Class by Lau, Johnny

Deep beneath our airport terminal, a world-class city is being built with utopian idealism. A short distance away under the watchful gaze of Mount Fuji, a mythical legend lurks about in fashionable Tokyo. Mr Kiasu takes us on a wild jet-coaster ride into new physical realms for a surreal mental trip! For someone who strives to be at the top of his game, it's better to be kiasu than sorry! Never settle for anything less!

Lion City: StoriesLion City: Stories by Ng Yi-Sheng

A man learns that all the animals at the Zoo are robots. A secret terminal in Changi Airport caters to the gods. A prince falls in love with a crocodile. A concubine is lost in time. The island of Singapore disappears. These are the exquisitely strange tales of Lion City, the first collection of short fiction by award-winning poet and playwright Ng Yi-Sheng. Infused with myth, magical realism and contemporary sci-fi, each of these tales invites the reader to see this city-state in a new and darkly fabulous light.

Minorities, The: A Ghostly NovelMinorities, The: A Ghostly Novel by Suffian Hakim

Meet the four misfits living in one HDB flat. One is a Malay-Jew who is trying to get his father to come back as a ghost. Cantona is a promising Bangladeshi artist on the run from a construction company. Tights is a Chinese illegal immigrant with a Forrest Gump obsession. And Shanti is a gifted Indian lab technician hiding from her abusive husband. When a forlorn pontianak begins haunting them, the four friends find themselves embroiled in a surreal showdown that may just upend the world, or at least Singapore. Written in Suffian Hakim's trademark humour, The Minorities is a novel about those living on the edges of society and their soulful bond.

Swordfish + ConcubineSwordfish + Concubine by Kee Thuan Chye

Swordfish + Concubine is a play inspired by the old Malay classic Sejarah Melayu. Playwright Kee Thuan Chye takes the popular story of the swordfish attack on Singapura and that of the Sultan's favourite concubine who is sentenced to death by impalement, and weaves them together to produce an epic that resonates with the present. He infuses it with drama, comedy, action, satire, gamelan music and rap. Yes, rap! It is sweeping, lavish and filled with fun, and it appeals to the senses, the mind and the heart. In 2006, it was judged one of the top five plays entered for the International Playwriting Festival organised by Warehouse Theatre in the UK.

18 Walls: A Novel18 Walls: A Novel by Teo Xue Shen

This action-packed thriller follows a squad of 18-year-olds who must fight an army of Savages in a war they did not choose. Ren is an elite fighter who feels no emotions. That makes him the perfect soldier to battle the Savages, a feral army of half-animal, half-human species prowling outside the 18 walls protecting the city...at least that's what the propaganda machine will have him believe. He and his motley squad are armed with genetic enhancements before venturing beyond the walls. They come to learn more about themselves and their enemies than they could have ever imagined.

Imaginary Friends: 26 Whimsical Fables For Getting On In A Crazy WorldImaginary Friends: 26 Whimsical Fables For Getting On In A Crazy World by Lee, Melanie; Arif Rafhan

Imaginary Friends is a collection of modern fables for adults based on the letters of the alphabet. These modern morality tales are humorous, witty and great fun to read. Come meet Annie the Ambitious Apple, Greta the Grouchy Grape, Olivia the Overachieving Octopus and their friends. Accompanied by quirky illustrations that capture the perculiarities of these personalities, you will be chuckling along as you see your friends and colleagues in many of these imaginary friends.

When The Lights Went OffWhen The Lights Went Off by Tan, Paul

As the poet navigates through middle age, beset by questions on aging, love and loss, and the incipient awareness of mortality, these poems give shape and meaning to those attendant, oft-unspoken anxieties. Through coy irony, imagined personas and leaps of creative faith, Tan's fifth collection of poetry interrogates the redemptive possibilities of art, promising a journey through the familiar and the off-kilter.