Maladies of the Soul
Paperback, 112 pages
We live in a fragmented world that has caused alienation of our lives in many spheres and at multiple levels. The fifteen stories in this collection delve into the cracks and crevices of such lives in the social, political, economic, technological, cultural, artistic, sexual, psychological and religious spheres. The book depicts levels of madness which ring in the lives of the characters caused by estrangement, isolation, desolation and loss of meaning in our contemporary world. The disheartening fact is that such alienated experiences are perceived to be normal and acceptable to many. There is still hope if we open doors of introspection and mindfulness to begin healing of our hearts and minds.
These stories were originally published in Malay and have been translated into English.
Isa Kamari is an award-winning Singapore writer and his works include novels, poetry, short stories, theatre scripts and song lyrics.