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Cosa penso di Kuala Lumpur

November 21, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Italiano, Malaysia, Opinions, Travels Visited: No Comments →

Non so se la mia avversione per Kuala Lumpur si possa descrivere a parole perché è un’ emozione sottile, un foglio di lamiera infilato tra le pareti di un panino al silicone, se mi seguite. Un silicone che trasuda sia dai palazzi che dalle scollature delle ragazze cinesi e i tacchi di quelle musulmane, e si spande sopra le cosce arrossate delle turiste occidentali. Non so: finchè uno va a Chinatown e Bukit Bintang e si muove camminando o coi taxi, la città mantiene un’aria sopportabile. Ma quando ci devi più o meno vivere, e ti rendi conto che è alla fine un’autostrada triste con tante uscite su aree residenziali fatte di case che si tengon su una contro l’altra in bilico sull’unto umidiccio tropicale, bhe… la situazione cambia.

Per me è una città triste e senza anima, come Los Angeles. Con la differenza che qui, le spire del serpente di cemento si arrotolano più vacue, meno asfissianti e pericolose. Non sembra voler mordere più… forse per colpa del caldo? (more…)

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…)

Nazi Goreng by Marco Ferrarese is out now on Monsoon Books

October 22, 2013 By: Marco Ferrarese Category: Asia, Asian Punk/Metal, English, Malaysia, My Books Visited: 1 Comment →

All systems go: my debut novel Nazi Goreng is available now from Monsoon Books, Singapore. I am extremely happy and excited about what will happen next!!

Here’s a shorter synopsis:

“Nazi Goreng is a disturbing story of one young Malay man’s coming-of-age in the big city and offers a stunning portrait of the racial tensions that pervade Malaysian society. Asrul is a fanatical yet naïve Muslim skinhead from small town Kedah, who finds escape in hardcore punk and aspires to life in the big city. After Asrul is recruited by friend Malik to join a neo-Nazi skinhead gang, the boys move to Penang to realise their racially fuelled teenage dreams.

Petty acts of ethnic violence against immigrant workers and minority groups in the name of Kuasa Melayu (Malay Power) earn Asrul limited social empowerment and occasional ridicule, so it is not without trepidation that he follows Malik again, this time into the seedy world of the Malaysian narcotics trade, where selling drugs offers quick money and street respect.”

Non-Asian readers, fear not as the book’s available in both paperback and eBook editions in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. If you are in Southeast Asia, look for it in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. The book will be available through Amazon in the next few days, please be patient. For a complete list of retailers, please follow this link.

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