Fascinating and colourful Asia, from spiritual India across Burma, Vietnam and China to the mystic islands of the Philippines. All with their own impressive history, religion, culture and literary traditions.
For everyone who is interested in Asian culture, its people and history, this site offers a collection of the best contemporary literature, historical fiction and beautiful stories set in Asia on audio books.
“It is literature which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel” - Salman Rushdie
New Releases - Asian Literature
Literature is such a profound and deep way to look into someone else's life, his mind, his hopes and thoughts. Books have opened so many doors for me, taking me to places where my normal life and its finite limits could never have. Jhumpa Lahiri
Music of the Ghosts: A Novel
The new novel from the author of ‘In the Shadow of the Banyan’ is about Teera who fled Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime when she was a child. Now in her mid thirties and living in the US she receives a letter from someone who wants to tell her about her father, who disappeared during the Cambodian horror regime. When Teera returns to her homeland she meets the author of the letter, an elderly man who plays music at a temple. The ‘Old Musician, as he is called, tells Teera about what happened to her father.
Set in the late 1980’s in Mumbai Tara and Mukta are close childhood friends. Mukta is a servant for the family of Tara and when in the aftermath of the 1993 bombings in Mumbai Tara and her father move to the States, Mukta stays behind and is sold in the sex trade.
Tara not only grieves for the loss of her childhood friend but also struggles with feelings of guilt. More than 10 years later Tara returns to India to find Mukta.
The Color of Our Sky: A Novel
The Leavers: A Novel
The mother of eleven year old Deming Guo, who is living in the Bronx, suddenly appears one day, leaving no trace of her whereabouts. Deming is taken into the care of a couple who want him to become a real ‘American boy’ and they rename him Daniel.
But Deming cannot adapt to his new identity and for years he tries to find the truth behind his mothers disappearance.
Rich People Problems: A Novel
The popular writer Kevin Kwan, born in Singapore, wrote a new book about the rivalries, intrigues and jealousy within the rich upperclass of Asian families. When the grandmother of Nicholas is dying, relatives from all over the world suddenly turn up to make a claim on the upcoming heritage. What follows are hilarious situations of backstabbing, love schemes, kidnappings and conflicts between the different family members.
May 23, 2017
Remains of Life: A Novel
In 1930, when Taiwan was occupied by the Japanese, an uprising took place in an aboriginal village in the mountains of Taiwan. The Atayal tribe had killed more then hundred Japanese in a headhunting ritual. In response japan carried out heavy air attacks, including attacks with toxic gas, resulting in an almost complete extermination of the Atayal tribe.
Originally published in Chinese in 1999 English translation April 2017
In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. S. I. Hayakawa
Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded starting point for literature.
The Boy in the Earth
A taxi driver, driving the night shift in Tokyo, picks up different people and although the encounters with his customers are brief and superficially they bring back memories of his past, and the violence in his childhood. Ultimately he starts thinking of suicide and his obsessive thoughts become terrifying blackout episodes.
An illustrated story of the escape of the writer’s family after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and their struggle to build up a new life in the United States. In that time Thi Bui was still a child, now being a mother she looks back on the effects of the war and immigration.
The Best We Could Do
The Hour of Daydreams
Manolo Lualhati, a respected doctor in the Philippine countryside, believes his wife Tala hides a secret. As Tala tries to keep her dangerous past from her husband, Manolo begins questioning the gaps in her stories—and his suspicions push him even further from the truth.
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Asian literature is evolving with the people. It's always a reflection on what's happening to the culture at large. Kevin Kwan
It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth. Gao Xingjian