An Islamic extremist? An ultra-nationalist? A West basher? A national laureate in the making?
Award-winning author Faisal Tehrani has been accused of all of the above, but Bissme S. digs among the misconceptions for the truth in a Sun interview. Along the way he finds out how Faisal first got started as a writer, how he was encouraged by a couple of other great Malay authors, and how he became politically and socially aware.
I'm glad that Faisal talks about how he feels there is a market for serious Malay language literature (he's a lot more positive than most other commentators have been) and agree with him about the need for translation, not just into English but across Malaysian languages.
I would very much like to read Faisal's novels as I've heard them highly praised, but have yet to find any translations into English.