illustrations by Shahril Nizam

Longlisted for the 2013 Frank O'connor International Short Story Award


Malay Sketches is a collection of stories that borrows its name from a book of anecdotes by colonial governor Frank Swettenham, describing Malay life on the Peninsula. In Alfian Sa’at’s hands, these sketches are reimagined as flash fictions that record the lives of members of the Malay community in Singapore. With precise and incisive prose, Malay Sketches offers the reader profound insights into the realities of life as an ethnic minority.


The Chinese translation of Malay Sketches《馬來素描》could be found here. 


🛎  Reading <The Hole> by the author, Alfian Sa'at



About the Author

Alfian Sa’at is the Resident Playwright of W!LD RICE. His plays have been translated into German, Swedish and Danish, and they have been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Munich, Copenhagen and Stockholm. He has been nominated for the Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script seven times, and has received the award twice. Alfian was the winner of the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for Poetry and the Singapore Young Artist Award for Literature in 2001. His other publications include Collected Plays OneCollected Plays TwoCooling-Off Day, the poetry collections One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia, and the short story collection Corridor which is in the midst of a second reprint.

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