Thursday, March 24, 2011

A French blog for Trois autres Malaisie and a new translation for The World of Suzie Wong!

A French blog  for my upcoming collection of short stories Trois autres Malaisie  has already been set up by my publisher Editions GOPE for some advance publicity.  Here is the translation of ‘Transactions in Thai’ from Lovers and Strangers Revisited that's made partly available.  By emailing the contact given, the whole story is free.  So if you can read French, check it out.

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

**Update: Book orders for Trois autres Malaisie  E-book orders.  Or recommend it to your friends, especially those who would like to know more about Malaysia or have an interest in Southeast Asia.
Here's a link to the intro and excerpts, and to four reviews of Trois Autres Malaisie in,,, and Petit Futé mag.

***Here’s an update to the French blog about Trois autres Malaisie and my meeting the French translator Jerome Bouchaud in Kuching, and my involvement in a French documentary for Arte (June 2017) on The Sensual Malaysia of Somerset Maugham.

 ****Here the link to my website, to MPH online for orders for all three of my books, including my latest, Spirit of Malaysia and for Trois autres Malaisie.

Also Editions GOPE is giving new life to Richard Mason’s The World of Suzie Wong by launching a new revised, unabridged French translation.  Chapter two, you may remember, takes place in Malaysia, in a rubber plantation.
French translations of The World of Suzie Wong and Lovers and Strangers Revisited  (Trois autres Malaisie) will soon be side by side.  I like that. The World of Suzie Wong was not only an international best seller, it ran for many years as a play on Broadway and in London, and the movie version won Nancy Kwan a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in the role of Suzie.  

 Is there a film version for one of my short stories in the making?  Or maybe my Penang-set novel The Expatriate’s Choice, now that I finished rewriting it for the Faulkner-Wisdom novel contest. First, I need to find a publisher and perhaps a French translation!  It just dawned on me that the opening scene for The Expatriate’s Choice begins on the ferry to Penang, and the painter Robert Lomax met his muse Suzie Wong on a ferry in Hong Kong.  Hmm...
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Editions GOPE: The World of Suzie Wong    (Extract from Chapter One and blurb in French)

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