Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Matlan Marjan, a Malaysian Shakespearean Football Tragedy

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This is my article from the November 2011 issue of Esquire Malaysia.  You can only grow if you learn from your past mistakes.  If not, then you're doomed to repeat them until you do learn...

I found this article on Matlan a challenge to write since I don't follow football.  But Esquire asked me to write it with a literary approach.  Luckily I was living in Malaysia when Matlan scored those two goals against England and when the scandal broke out so I knew the background.  Now I had to do a lot of research, find the story, and a theme . . . The day (the year actually) Malaysian football died...

 **Update, the 20th anniversary of Lovers and Strangers Revisited, my collection of short stories set in Malaysia.

***Here's the link to my website, to MPH online for orders for all three of my books, including my latest, Spirit of Malaysia, and to the French translation of Lovers and Strangers Revisited Trois autres Malaisie.  Thanks!

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