The Dictator's Eyebrow
by Cyril Wong
Finalist for the Singapore Book Publishers Association Awards 2016.
This is a disturbing, poetic account of an unnamed dictator’s eyebrow whose longings, delusions of grandeur, and curious influence have shaped history in ways previously unknown—until now. Within a surreal tale about an eyebrow’s thirst for recognition and power, a love story also unexpectedly emerges.
About the Author
Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prizewinning author of the poetry collections, Unmarked Treasure (Math Paper Press 2012), Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light (Math Paper Press 2012) and Satori Blues (Softblow Press 2011), as well as a collection of stories, Let Me Tell You Something About That Night (Ethos Books 2012). He was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature in 2005.
“No one innately understands the terror of modern ‘witch-hunt’ or the gravity of manicured eyebrows for stares and status the way sensitive and intelligent repressed-Singaporeans do. But it takes a poet to elevate the understanding to a grand level of intuitive soulfulness. A disquieting elegy and a sinfully sharp ode to the horror of self-aggrandizement. Very deliciously flavourful.”
— X’Ho, author of Skew Me, You Rebel Meh?
“[Cyril’s] a fierce and moving voice that doesn’t recoil or compromise.”
— Margot Schilpp, author of Civil Twilight
“An enthralling pyroclastic flow of poetic flagellation ripping the mask of stoic indifference and lapdog-media concocted majestic stature of a narcissistic tyrant. And every wordstroke of the poet never fails to decode and eviscerate the megalomaniac to the grave.”
— Elangovan, recipient of the 1997 SEA Write Award
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Dimension: 120mm x 200mm