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KL NOIR BLUE is out, and I’m in

April 15, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, My Books Visited: No Comments →

KLNoir_Blue_coverI’m glad to announce that the third volume of bestselling Malaysian dark side anthology KL NOIR – BLUE will be launched on Monday 21st August, and I’m in with an epically graphic story, “Bathroom Wall” – an obvious citation to Faster Pussycat’s cheesy hit, and an ode to the average Malaysian Friday Night’s man.

According to FIXI, the first print of the book has sold out to shops even before the book’s officially out, so congratulations to them, to editor fantastic Eeleen Lee, and to all the authors involved.

Here’s a synopsis:

KL Noir returns and the third time’s a charm with this selection of 15 stories about law and disorder in the metropolis. Direct from the recesses of the city lurk tales of murder, suicide, rival gangs, robbers and sleaze, mixed in with dystopian visions, black magic and the occasional decomposed corpse. Plunge deep into the underworld where the guilty and innocent rest in peace — or rest in pieces.

And now, I’ll give you a quick sneak preview of my story:

Still in disbelief, I feverishly pointed the cursor over the attachment and clicked on it. She was right: a piece of her was looking at me from the screen, stretched into a striped micro top that did not leave much imagination as to the shape of her breasts. They protruded from the upper left side of the picture, profiling a gracious line that curved down to connect with her exposed stomach. Her belly button was like a vortex in the midst of an ocean of white flesh without any ripples — flat and inviting.

For more masturbation material, buy the book at every major Malaysian and Singaporean bookstore, or wait until I post an Amazon purchase link.

There will be a launch at bookstore magnificus Kinokunya KLCC, in Kuala Lumpur, on Monday 21st from 8 to 9 p.m. I will be of course reading and make an ass out of myself as usual, so please come and bring the rotten tomato bags… but be prepared: I will fight back!

Also, keep tuned as my first sweet’n’sour travel-noir will be featured on yet another of FIXI NOVO’s upcoming short story anthologies, “Lost in Putrajaya”. 

NAZI GORENG reviewed by Jim Algie in The NATION Thailand

March 07, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, My Books Visited: No Comments →

(Picture courtesy of Alessandro Ursic)

Last Sunday, my debut novel NAZI GORENG was reviewed by Thailand old hand, former bassist of Canadian pop-punk-country band THE ASEXUALS and author extraordinaire of “Bizzarre Thailand” and “The Phantom Lover and Other Thrilling tales of Thailand”, Jim Algie.

What to say, with such a reviewer and self-proclaimed “weirdsmith” holding the pen, I was expecting to be publicly flagellated in the tabloid pages of one of Thailand’s most prominent English newspapers.

To the contrary, I got one of the most positive reviews so far. One that is worth all the hard work I put into writing a book in a second language.

Algie says “in exposing Malaysia’s dark side through the light of literature, Ferrarese has bravely travelled to a place where few, if any, authors have gone before, in a promising and harrowing debut that marks him as a writer to keep both eyes on.” 

You can read the full review here


Marco Ferrarese at Georgetown Literary Festival 2013

November 19, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, My Books Visited: No Comments →

The third George Town Literary Festival 2013 is back this year with the theme The Ties That Bind and brings together the best of Malaysian writing with distinct international voices in the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town, Penang from Nov 29 – Dec 1 2013

I will be participating and presenting NAZI GORENG on Saturday November 30th from 6.45 pm to 7.30 pm at 179 Victoria Street, UPSTAIRS. Penangites and if you are in Penang, don’t miss the chance to hear about this book in the city where it’s set, and ask me directly the questions you wanted about it!!

On the same day, I will be also participating to a session on Counter Culture together with writers Shamini Flint and  Annelies Verbeke. Pretty excited about sharing the stage with these bestseller authors!

Among the other events, the highlights are definitely Malaysian icon and cartoonist Datuk Lat, or Lat, (Kampung Boy, Town Boy), award-winner Tash Aw (Five Star Billionaire, The Harmony Silk Factory), Glasgow-based Chiew-Siah Tei (Little Hut of Leaping Fishes), Shamini Flint (The Inspector Singh series), prolific playwright Huzir Sulaiman, human rights lawyer and poet Cecil Rajendra and Orang Asli writer Mahat Akiya

Come over and enjoy a weekend of book talks, arts and literary fun!!

Nazi Goreng was a success in Singapore

November 15, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, My Books Visited: No Comments →

Me and Asrul posing in front of the Substation, Singapore

Thanks to all those who came to Nazi Goreng‘s Singapore presentations: it was a fantastic time at the Substation with its punk and skinhead audience. Also, at the Singapore Writers Festival I was surprised to see quite a few other people I would have never imagined might be interested in my novel!! (more…)

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