Below is an interesting review of the book. It focuses on its political dimensions and the issue of race and religion in Malaysia, although these are meant to provide a sharp and contemporary backdrop in the novel for the exploration of the main themes of legacy and inheritance.
Race and religion are very thorny subjects in Malaysia, and the boundaries of discussion when talking about them are circumscribed bythe law and the constitution.
Follow the dicussion below the review and you will see what I mean.
Read the Malaysiakini review
The interview and feature appeared recently. Click here to read them.
“Absorbing from the first sentence, it is easy to get immersed by the interesting characters and situations that Anil encounters as a young man…For his first attempt at a novel, London-based Nair has done an admirable job. Written in a breezy, charming manner When The Lights Are Stripped Away is a tale that has the ability to get under your skin…Nair’s novel gives a breath of fresh air to Malaysian literature and has the ability to put Malaysia on the world literary map. Where All The Lights Are Stripped Away is a sensuous and rewarding read.”
Read the complete review here
I have been invited to the Ubud Literary Festival in Bali (October 3 – 7). It’s an exciting programme this year, not least because Nick Cave will be there, and I am happy to be part of a festival that celebrates local and international writing in all its forms.
“Great debut. [The] author offers stunning sentences, captivating turns of phrase, and energetic lines – all in his first novel. …When All the Lights Are Stripped Away was easy to like and hard to fault. It is written with remarkable grace and the sure-footed ease of an accomplished writer. …Overall, [it] is a compelling read, encased in a nice cover. …I look forward to [the author’s] next outing with much anticipation.”
Read the full review in TheStar2, August 5, 2012
When All the Lights Are Stripped Away out on Kindle June 29, 2012 on Amazon UK and Amazon US.
I really enjoyed doing this interview on Bookmark, BFM 89.9, Malaysia. Click here to listen to it.