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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 →

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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


Some press updates on my first book Nazi Goreng

February 22, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, Music Visited: 1 Comment →

Last month has been quite full of activities and I haven’t had much time to upload the blog, sorry. I’m being busy as never before with, well… writing. Which should be good news for someone who wanted to do it full-time, correct? More good news are, my debut novel, Nazi Goreng, is going quite strong in Malaysia and abroad. I also made it into Borders’ Fiction Top 10. Thank you very, very much, to everyone who bought and read my book.

I recently had some interesting press attention, which I’d like to share with you.

First of all, I made it on Malaysia’s national radio. Listen to a fantastic Podcast interview for Night on Earth, titled the Power of Ideas, on Kuala Lumpur’s premiere radio station BFM98.8. Host She Fah Szetu presents an interview with my unconventional self about writing Nazi Goreng, living in Malaysia and what I know about kuasa melayu. No cuss words, this time around :-) Tune on the podcast here. (My segment start at 17 minutes) Download the Podcast here. (more…)

Malaysian Chicken Feet on VAGABUNDO Magazine

January 30, 2014 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, English, Malaysia, Marco Ferrarese writing, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Year 2014 has kicked off and already kept me busy writing more than I would… nah, I’m joking, the more the better :-)

I’m happy to announce that I am now on board as a staff writer at VAGABUNDO magazine. To start off, I have a very a sexy “Extreme eats” story about sucking off chicken feet in Malaysia… for LOVE.

Besides providing online content, it publishes a quarterly issue which is jam-packed with adventure travel. This issue has stories from Africa, Tajikistan, Malaysia, Turkey, a piece in memory of hitchhiker Taylor Booth, diving the Rockies in Canada, and generally more action-packed content that a sane person can handle.

Have a preview here:

Interested? Great. You can buy this issue for $2.99 and have it delivered wirelessly to your favorite device (Kindle, Ipad, Kobo, Nook, you name it…) or as a PDF file, or, listen well, subscribe for a lifetime for ONLY $9.99 (more…)

Best of Malaysian metal punk underground 2013

December 19, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asian Punk/Metal, Malaysia, Music, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Picture courtesy of Boo Hoo / Mr. Chooi

Year 2013 is about to finish, and If I look back I realize I have spent most of it rocking all over Malaysia, looking for THE ROCK. This year, all of  my travels have been in fact dedicated to explore the Malaysian extreme rock scene, meet its protagonists, and get an idea of what is going on music wise in the country.

I saw a lot of things, met many people, went to too many shows, and ultimately decided to behave like all those fancy-pants websites out there, and put up my own “Best of 2013″ list. This list, however, only applies to the most rocking, dedicated, different and original acts/people/places I found during the past 12 months of scouring the underbelly of Malaysian extreme underground. Of course, my kick ass band WEOT SKAM needs a mention. However, I still have a subcultural dignity, and I don’t like to include my own projects in a best of list as it totally clashes with the principles of authentic metal punk chivalry that govern my world.

For those who don’t know me personally, be informed that I am quite a fussy character to satisfy, and my bar is generally set quite high: this is especially relevant when observing a globalized, fast-developing Second World Nation (leave the Third to who truly deserves, and it’s not Malaysia), where bands tend to fatigue in the craft of their own, definite sounds and identities.

Trust me, I’m all for it: to find Asian rock-derivative music that won’t just xerox-copy something Western. This year 2013, I believe I found some pearls among a wider ocean of MaLAZYannes…

At last, I decided to compile a best-of list of the 5 most interesting things I saw in subcultural Malaysia during year 2013. After all, many websites are doing it, and I don’t see why I can’t jump on this trendy bandwagon. The added value is that you will get some worthwhile information.

Here we go. Please note that there is no order of importance, nor I wanted to make a chart. Just take this list as it is, acknowledge the truth, and support these individuals/bands/places as much as you can. (more…)

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