Tash Aw

Tash Aw

Tash Aw is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Harmony Silk Factory, Map of the Invisible World, and Five Star Billionaire, which have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and have twice been longlisted for the Booker Prize; they have also been translated into 23 languages. His short fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and has been published in A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others. Born in Taipei to Malaysian parents, he grew up in Kuala Lumpur and now lives in London, England.

Website: tash-aw.com
Twitter: @Tash_Aw
Instagram: @tash.aw

FESTIVAL BOOK

We, the Survivors

Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone, but delivers them only to a chosen few. With Asian society changing around him, like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh. The question of why leads a young, privileged journalist to Ah Hock’s door. His vivid confession unfurls over extensive interviews with the journalist, herself a local whose life has taken a very different course. The process forces both the speaker and his listener to reckon with systems of power, race, and class in a place where success is promised to all yet delivered only to its lucky heirs.

An uncompromising portrait of an outsider navigating a society in transition, <em>We, the Survivors</em> holds its tension to the very end. In the wake of loss and destruction, hope is among the survivors.

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<strong>Reviews</strong>
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<li>“We, the Survivors by Tash Aw” — <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/31/we-the-survivors-tash-aw-review"><em>The Guardian</em></a></li>
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<strong>Interviews</strong>
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<li>“Tash Aw: ‘It used to be that Asia was poor.’ "Asians are rich" is the new cliche” — <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/13/tash-aw-malaysian-author-shining-light-on-immigration-stories"><em>The Guardian</em></a></li>
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<strong>Videos</strong>
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<li>“RE4DINGS: We, the Survivors by Tash Aw” — <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4UB5OemQMk"><em>4th Estate Books</em></a></li>
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