GEM lecturer, Fairoz Ahmad, releases a short story collection
Post Date: 18 Mar 2020
Fairoz wrote Interpreter of Winds as he was concerned about the representation of Muslims in general – of being radicalised and detached from society. It is not true. They have worlds that are charming, even enchanting. There are worlds where people just stumble along or worlds where people are confused about what life means. We have worlds where people does silly things, and of worlds where people are afraid of change, and so on. Fairoz wanted to share these varied worlds to others through his short stories and hope that readers will come to realised that many of our worlds are interconnected.
Ethos Book (the publisher) submitted Interpreter of Winds for the 2020 Singapore Literature Prize. Fairoz hopes that if something were to come out of this, it would be that more people will become aware of the book and the message it tries to share. For him, the act of reading enables him to do two things: to understand himself better, and to understand another culture and another world better (through empathy). Kafka said, “A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us”. Reading should awaken and stir something inside of us.
So, head to TP Library and get yourself lost in Interpreter of Winds.