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.
I have also been interviewed in the February’s issue of Penang Monthly by Julia Tan, who conducted this chat during last year’s Georgetown Literary Festival. I am very happy to have finally sparkled some attention from my city of adoption. You can read this fine article and a review of Nazi Goreng here.
Last but not least, I’d like to signal that I have also made it into Malaysia’s leading national newspaper, The Star. They ran a review of Nazi Goreng on the 21st of January, which you can read in online form here. What to say, seen their late trend of steamrolling any attempt of local-based fiction into a “not enough well written” grave, I consider myself quite fortunate having received a half-decent review which, at least, states how “Ferrarese’s writing is mostly tight and straightforward.” What I don’t agree with, to the contrary, is the reviewer’s unappreciative tone of my amazing metaphors. In fact, according to Mr. Stumblefuck of seminal punk band RUPTURE, I am “the King of metaphors”. I guess Asians are not familiar with la dolce vita of Italy, and I hope they embraced and appreciated a bit more of Euro-styled poetry. Anyways, “crawling in the shadow and dust like a tapeworm that had just emerged from a dead anus” made it into a national newspaper, and I will forever be thankful to the reviewer for that very appropriate of my style.