There’s that quote by John Berger that everyone keeps bringing up nowadays, and that Arundhati Roy used as an epigraph: “Never again will a single story be told as though it’s the only one.” ... Malaysian history is so hybrid, so vexed, so different depending on whom you ask, that to me the *only* way to reveal that history is through individual lives. A Malaysian Indian family will have experienced a different Malaysian history than a Malay family or a Malaysian Chinese family. ... Anyway, that’s the whole purpose of fiction: to tell the big story through small stories. And that’s what I love about it. The whole thing, all of fiction since the beginning of time, has been an effort to show that History is about real people.Anne Stameskin interviews Preeta Samarasan for Fiction Writers Review.
Don't forget to catch Preeta at MPH"s Breakfast Club tomorrow (Sat) at MPH Bangsar Village II at 11a.m., and at Seksan's at 3.30 p.m.). Full details here.