Here and Beyond: 12 Stories
Author: Cyril Wong
Format: Paperback 260 pages
For Secondary School Students
Prescribed O Level Texts for 2017
Here and Beyond: 12 Stories is a prescribed Cambridge GCE O-Level Literature text.
This is an anthology of twelve stories from twelve unique Singaporean voices: S. Rajaratnam, Yeo Wei Wei, Goh Sin Tub, Simon Tay, Stephanie Ye, Alfian Sa’at, Suchen Christine Lim, Wena Poon, O Thiam Chin, ClaireTham, Philip Jeyaretnam and Felix Cheong.
These stories chart the emotional ups and downs of protagonists who strive to find meaning against the backdrop of negotiations between the local and the global, between the past and an ever-changing, urbanised present. Rediscovering the self and the value of relationships form the focus of these tales, which range from the realistic to the surreal, with the occasional epiphany about one's mortality and the meaning of existence within the bustling city.
Here and Beyond: 12 Stories | A Study Companion is also available.
About the Editor
Cyril Wong completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. He is the Singapore Literature Prize-winning author of twelve poetry collections including The Dictator's Eyebrow, a volume of stories including Let Me Tell You Something About That Night, one novel, and editor of an anthology of Singaporean poetry and prose. He serves as co-editor for the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and was the founding editor of the poetry webjournal, SOFTBLOW. His poems and essays have been published in journals and anthologies in Singapore and abroad.