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Original title:

湖面如鏡

 

Original language

Complex Chinese

 

Publication info:

Aquarius Publishing

July 2014

 

240 pages 

 

Genre:

Literary short stories

Rights holder:

New River Literary

(foreign rights excl. English, French, Japanese, Malay)

 

Rights sold by New River:

Lake Like a Mirror 

 by Ho Sok Fong

This is an excellent collection of short stories. It explores the lives of women buffeted by powers beyond their control. Squeezing themselves into the gaps left by rabid urbanisation, patriarchal structures and a government struggling with racial and religious divisions, these women find their lives twisted in disturbing ways.

 

Reading Ho Sok Fong's stories, one thinks of David Szalay's and Eileen Chang's elegant tales, where both the told is beautifully told and the untold is masterfully evoked. In precise and disquieting prose, Ho draws her readers into a richly atmospheric world. A naked sleepwalker wanders a rehabilitation centre for wayward Muslims; a hotel checks-in the same seemingly amnesiac guest each day; a literature class is accidentally charged with the politics of religion.

Lake Like a Mirror is peopled with the ghosts of unsaid words, unmanaged desires and uncertain statuses; it is both surreal and utterly real. 

About the author

 

Ho Sok Fong is the author of one other short story collection, Maze Carpet. The literary awards she has received include the Chiu Ko Fiction Prize (2015), the 25th China Times Short Story Prize, and the 30th United Press Short Story Prize. She lives in Malaysia.