The Beating and Other Stories
by Dave Chua
• Shortlisted for the 2012 Singapore Literature Prize (English Category)
• Longlisted for the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize
A mysterious tiger roams in the shadows of an apartment block. A security guard comes to terms with a past scarred by his father's attachment to violence. A woman traces her family's path of gradual change that began with her teenage pregnancy. A massacre on an island prison brings to life a forgotten strand of an island nation's history.
The Beating and Other Stories is a long-awaited collection of short stories by award-winning writer Dave Chua, author of the novel Gone Case. The book frequently crosses genres and styles, spinning from historical fiction to magical realism, and takes us on adventures with a distinct melancholic undertone. Sparse but emotional, these stories continue to demonstrate Chua's talent in exploring the intense inner environments of hyper-urban Singapore.
About the Author
Dave Chua was born in Malaysia and came to Singapore at the age of ten. He was educated at Dunman High School and Victoria Junior College and studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. His short story, "Father's Gift", won a Singapore Press Holdings-National Arts Council Golden Point Award in 1995. His first novel, Gone Case, was given a Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996 and was published the same year.
Chua was involved in the production of the Mediacorp sitcom, Achar!, and PeachBlossom Media's animated children's show, Tomato Twins. He writes for various publications such as The Straits Times, BigO, and The Edge and is the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Film Society. For his feature-length scripts, he was awarded a second prize at the Singapore Screenplay Awards in 2001. He has also completed a graphic novel adaptation of Gone Case with the artist Koh Hong Teng.
"Like Raymond Carver, Dave writes with a raw honesty, clarity and brutality that few authors can muster, and even fewer can perfect. Whether about the violence of longing, or the quiet burden of indecision, Dave conveys, in this much-anticipated collection, stories from the bedrooms, living rooms and corridors of the human heart. A rare voice in Singapore writing today. Masterful."
— Daren Shiau, author of Heartland, Peninsular: Archipelagos and Other Islands, Velouria and editor of Coast: A Mono-titular Anthology
"With this collection, Dave Chua firmly establishes himself as one of Singapore's finest short story writers."
— Gilbert Koh, author of Two Baby Hands and the 2005 winner of the Golden Point Award for Poetry
"In the moment of stillness that seems to describe the contours of each story, there is a real sense that Chua has produced gritty urban tales that reveal an unacknowledged and embarrassing effect of modern Singaporean life. If only for apprehending this, the collection is worth reading."
— Grant Hamilton, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
"...a collection that takes a hard, unflinching look at the themes it explores..."
— Thow Xin Wei, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm