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O Thiam Chin : Writing away life's mysteries

  • Sara Veal

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 24 2010   /  12:30 pm

O Thiam Chin writes stories because no one else can tell the stories he wants to tell. "As in the story in my head, how I feel about things," the Singaporean author says, remarking he sees stories everywhere. The 32-year-old's latest publication, Never Been Better, is a collection of short stories that comprise a unique portrait of modern Singapore. Through distinctive individuals - a teenage runaway, a young woman grieving her sister, a Chinese immigrant hoping to find a better life in the nation-state - Thiam Chin effectively explores themes of love, loss and longing. Never Been Better was preceded by 2006's Free-Falling Man, another collection of short stories, and will soon be followed by a collection of micro-fiction later this year, and a possible novel, which would be his first. Such literary dexterity and prolific output is all the more astonishing from ...