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We, the Survivors

Category: Book
By (author): Aw, Tash
Subject:  FICTION / Asian American
  FICTION / Cultural Heritage
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.25in x 5.62in
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From The Publisher*A murderer's confession--devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable--which reveals a story of class, education, and the inescapable workings of destiny.

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. While the victim has been mourned and the killer has served time for the crime, Ah Hock's motive remains unclear, even to himself. 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, Tash Aw's anti-nostalgic tale, We, The Survivors, holds its tension to the very end. In the wake of loss and destruction, hope is among the survivors.
Review Quote*Praise for Tash Aw

"Tash Aw's new novel succeeds in achieving many feats: it is at once the great novel on today's racism that we have been waiting for; a masterly fresco of South-East Asia, a region of the world that remains under-represented in literature; and a magnificent story of the social ascent of a man born into poverty, his dreams of becoming someone else, his battles, his shattered hopes, and, finally his downfall- a sort of The Red and the Black of our times, radical and contemporary. We, The Survivors is one of the most beautiful and powerful books I've read in years." - Édouard Louis, author of Who Killed My Father

"The ironically-titled We, the Survivors is the story of billions of human beings today―but not one reader. This is the tale of poor people―refugees, day laborers―whose lives are ruled by cruel circumstance and extreme poverty, whose struggles end in defeat, who are not meant to survive. What would be abstract in a report is here given burning, lacerated flesh. In the twenty-first century it is our Everyman, alas." 
―Edmund White, author of The Unpunished Vice
 
"Utterly absorbing to the last word . . . with deep empathy combined with a sharp, unflinching gaze. As with [Aw's] other books, we end up loving the characters we might otherwise hate, and arguing with those we might have a natural affinity for. He manages to turn our assumptions inside out, all while creating a world that would, without him, remain out of reach and invisible."-Tahmima Anam, author of A Golden Age
 
"Brilliantly executed . . . For all the injustice, inequality and unhappiness that We, the Survivors portrays, there is a strange tranquility as it reaches its thorny climax, as if accepting the toxins of modern society is the first step to neutralizing them" ―Hilary A. White, Irish Independent
 
"What a storyteller Tash Aw is." -Doris Lessing
 
"Aw is a writer of great power and delicacy, as able to conjure stampeding crowds as the glow of fireflies." -Daily Mail
 
"[Aw] is unmatched at evoking the smells and sounds of the land and cityscapes, the figures of speech and shifting cultural mores of that finger-like peninsula that pokes into the South China Sea."-Independent on Sunday
"Aw is a master storyteller." -Aminatta Forna, Guardian
Biographical NoteBorn in Taipei to Malaysian parents, TASH AW grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Britain to attend university. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, The Harmony Silk Factory (2005), Map of the Invisible World (2009), and Five Star Billionaire (2013), which have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize; they have also been translated into 23 languages. His short fiction has won an O. Henry Prize and been published in A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others.