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We The Survivors by Tash Aw



ISBN: 9780008318581 Category: Tags: ,


A murderer’s confession – devastating unblinking poignant unforgettable – which reveals a story of class education and the inescapable workings of destiny. Ah Hock is an ordinary uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone but delivers them only to a chosen few. With Asian society changing around him like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh. In the tradition of Camus and Houellebecq Ah Hock’s vivid and compelling description of the years building up to this appalling act of violence – told over several days to a local journalist whose life has taken a different course – is a portrait of an outsider like no other an anti-nostalgic view of human life and the ravages of hope. It is the work of a writer at the peak of his powers.

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