Literature is Not About Winning Prizes

By Kee Thuan Chye

February 2016 TALK-TALK ONLY
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Working towards an environment conducive to creative and bold writing should be the national goal. Daydreaming about accolades instead leads nowhere.A Malaysian writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature by 2057, the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence – that’s the challenge thrown out by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the start of the New Year.Wishful thinking? Well, at least he’s giving a time span of about 40 years for Malaysia to achieve what seems to be...

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Kee Thuan Chye

is the author of the new bestsellers Unbelievably Stupid! and Unbelievably Stupid Too!