Peninsular: Archipelagos and Other Islands

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by Daren Shiau


Peninsular, Daren Shiau's second book, is built around the inescapable motif of islands and archipelagos. The collection redeems as it explores identity and existence through notions of fragments, fragmentation and the fragility of wholeness.

About the Author

Daren Shiau is a fiction writer, poet and lawyer in private practice. He has been described by The Arts Magazine as “among the most exciting of the post-1965 generation of writers” and cited by the Lonely Planet travel guide as the author of the “definitive Singapore novel”. An author of four books, his short stories and poems have been translated into several languages and anthologised in Italy and Australia. The National Arts Council’s Young Artist of the Year in 2002, Daren has been invited to read in New York, Boston, London and Sydney. He enjoys black coffee and listening to 70s punk rock.


“One really has to admire Daren Shiau as a writer. Peninsular has its precedent in Shiau’s novel, Heartland, which gives its intentions a solid credibility.”
— Alfian Sa’at, A History of Amnesia

“This is a collection to savour slowly because it provokes thought and nudges subtly, and sometimes sharply, at the sensibilities and conscience. The author convinces one that he is actually very much in empathy with what is at times agonising, at others, deeply perplexing.”
— Professor Lee Tzu Pheng

"Shiau makes his best contribution, with Peninsular, to his growing canon of work and to the ongoing saga of Singapore poetry in English and possibly in our three official languages."
 Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo, 'Time and Place: History and Geography in Daren Shiau's Poetry'

"You could virtually trace the defining fingerprints of our definitive poets. Rare is a young poet who knows where his words come from and where he should shepard them."
 Felix Cheong, I Watch The Stars Go Out and Sudden In Youth

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ISBN: 978-981-08-4908-5
Published: 2010
Dimension: 120mm x 200mm
Extent: 98
Finish: Paperback

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