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Imagined Brunei: Kevin Kwan’s “Crazy Rich Asians”

It makes sense that Brunei would make an appearance in a Southeast Asian novel – a few days ago it was Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado, today it’s Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians.   Ref 1: pg 122 Key words: Sultan of … Continue reading

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Imagining Brunei: Miguel Syjuco’s “Ilustrado”

Just a quick post to flag up another mention of Brunei in fiction – this time in Miguel Syjuco’s Man Asian-winning Ilustrado. Throwaway references, as in David Mitchell’s Slade House.   In the first reference, on pg 97, Brunei is referenced in the … Continue reading

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More on Bruneian Literature in English

I wrote down a few observations on Bruneian literature in English over at OpenBrunei. Have already heard from a couple of people – definitely hoping that I can crowdsource more information! Faiq and Hazirah did a great job formatting and … Continue reading

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Imagining Brunei: Elif Shafak’s “Honour” and David Mitchell’s “Slade House”

Two very different (and very good) novels, with one very interesting thing in common: Brunei is mentioned! The mention of Brunei in Slade House is pretty cursory and throwaway, as seen below. When her father, a “Shell Oil man” gets … Continue reading

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