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Times of Malaya

Author Name: Adnan Ariffin | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

“Times of Malaya” is a loose allegory for events set in Malaya during the Emergency, before independence. It is at a time of the Authority's reckless campaign against the Communists, and the cast of Malays, bourgeois Chinese, rubber tappers and British officers who are swept into the chaos.The protagonist and narrator of the story is a boy born at the exact moment of the declaration of the Emergency and is trapped in that time capsule which he cannot escape. Imagine Malaya during the early 50s with its lush, heat soaked jungles filled with violence. Death lurking behind rubber trees. And Imagine the lives of rice growers, rubber tappers, tin miners, bus drivers, ordinary 'citizens' who can be incarcerated behind bars at the mere whiff of being a communist collaborator. This is a story set during a period of political turmoil and uncertainty. And yet filled with beauty and abundance. And hope.

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Adnan Ariffin

Adnan Ariffin was born at the turning of the tide on a remote seaside town of Port Dickson, Malaysia and grew up with Malays, Chinese and Indians learning to speak some of their languages. He left the seaside town for the bright lights of Kuala Lumpur, and later other towns in east and west coast of Malaysia where he got the inspiration to write his first historical fiction novel in between drinking coffee at Starbucks and watching the demanding local patrons. He now lives in a small apartment on a hill hidden by lush greeneries with his wife and an old terrapine. When not writing bestselling novels, he likes to party with rock stars and dance the tango under a full moon, letting out the occasional scream.

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