Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Dark City banned by the National Library in Singapore

Malaysian author Xeus says that her book Dark City -an entertaining and creditable collection of short stories that draws on the dark and unsavoury sides of human nature festering in urban life - has been banned by the Singapore National Library. From Dark City:
Would you believe it? I've been banned by the Singapore National Library. They refused to stock my book in all their branches, citing 'It's too explicit and graphic" after reading a few chapters.

The outrage!

At least I haven't been banned here by our own Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka. They took 5 copies to keep as 'National Heritage.' I'm not sure I can quite call Dark City a national heritage, but at least I can count on my own countrymen/librarians to support me.
Too explicit and graphic? Ha! Here's another posting which describes best her book. From Dark City:
When I was browsing through magazines, my ex-boss came up to me and whispered, "I have read 10 chapters of your book. Ssssh. The wife is around. It's fantastic writing and I've told everyone at the office to get it. I really liked the twists. In Coup of the Century, you wrote about (someone we both know), didn't you?" (His wife won't let him buy Dark City for fear of contaminating their two teenage girls at home. So he's reduced to reading it from the racks at MPH 1 Utama.)
What are you waiting for? Go get Dark City now! I believe it is available in Singapore bookstores too.

8 comments:

Shy said...

Sounds like something I would enjoy reading. HAAAA!

Bengster said...

Wah kena banned huh. Like this must go buy n read her book.

xXx said...

Xeus is a SHE????

Mr Big said...

Yup. She is a babe.

Xeus said...

Dear IZ Reloaded, thanks for the support! We banned book writers need all the support we can get.

Here's for freedom of press....

terry said...

i like the explicit part.

r'chelle said...

Will check if the book is in Borders when I drop by tomorrow.

Rickie said...

It is absurd that the National Library of Singapore would ban the book when the book is allowed to be on sale in Singapore bookstores.

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