Tuesday, March 13, 2012

King of the Sea

Title: King of the Sea
Author: Dina Zaman
Publisher: Silverfish Books (2012)
Price: RM30.00

King of The Sea (a collection of short stories) took Dina Zaman (the author of I Am Muslim) about 13 years to complete. The stories began as part of her project  she was a masters student at Lancaster University in 1993, inspired by her homesickness,  and her longing for the ‘ Terengganu air’.

She explores themes of love, grief, loss and longing, and the magic in our lives. A young boy, grieving for his late father, meets a ghost who tells him that he is the king of the sea.  Alia, a missing child, comes back as a chicken to bewildered parents. A daughter witnesses an  affair by her unfaithful mother, but she is not sure if she was hallucinating. A young man arrives on an island, and marries a jungle spirit, a bunian. Hell breaks lose in a small village when a brash modern city woman decides to live there. A teacher who longs for a more glamorous life, literally, disappears into a movie screen.

Dina Zaman, a survivor from the I Am Muslim tsunami, has been writing in the Malaysian media for over 17 years. Her first book, a collection of short stories, night & day, which was  part of the Black & White series, was published by Rhino Press in 1997. She has had her works of  fiction, and non-fiction, published  in many journals and periodicals, locally and regionally. She is currently studying saints, and other holy men and women, and their impact on Malaysia for her next book Holy Men, Holy Women under the API Fellowship 2012-2013 programme that she has just been awarded.

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When I am Muslim was published in 2007, it became a media sensation, not just for its controversial points of view, but also due to the author's uncanny blend of humour and pathos. Those who loved that will love King of the Sea, even if this is a work of fiction and the former was not. Buy Dina Zaman's latest, King of the Sea, and her best selling, I am Muslim, (two books) for 30% off (online and in-store). Offer valid until 30 April 2012