Velvet & Cinder Blocks


by Gatsiounis, Ioannis

Velvet & Cinder Blocks

Price:  US$16.00   (SGD20.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 171 pages
Published:  2009, Malaysia, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789675266041
SB#:  053048 (801)

About This Book

Ioannis Gatsiounis's debut collection of short stories brilliantly captures the spirit of the individual who struggles to define himself in a world where the idea of identity is both concrete and perpetually fleeting, a world where loyalties, friendships and family ties can alter in an instant. A young painter follows a false prophet deep into a desert. A pious rape victim struggles to see past her faith in the aftermath of a tsunami. A Chinese-American's "Chineseness" is put to the test in multi-racial Malaysia. A young Malay caretaker and his lone guest at a remote guest house struggles to find direction and compassion in an era of stark civilisational divides. With these 10 beautifully imagined and decadently engrossing stories, Gatsiounis offers us a timely, penetrating meditation on intimacy, alienation and triumph in the post 9/11 world.


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