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Stranger to Myself

RM60

MD Sharif Uddin
2017. Landmark Books Pte Ltd
Softcover, 19.5 cm x 13 cm, 176 pages
ISBN  9789814189774

Product Description

The sacrifices of migrant workers are written in every inch of Singapore — in the bricks of buildings, ship irons, under the floor of houses. Thousands of years later, someone may hear the story of our pain and sacrifice from the walls of this city. After about a decade here, I have many stories and recollections to share with you. This diary contains the collected fragments of my experiences. It is not my intention to write anything against my homeland or this country. No hurt feelings, please. I have just written down the most valuable moments of my life here. This diary records observations from my reality.

Now, Singapore is one of the most developed countries in the world, drawing expatriates from many other countries. While the city prospers under the government’s plans, millions of workers have made it dynamic and enriched it economically. The sacrifices of migrant workers are written in every inch of Singapore – in the bricks of buildings, ship irons, under the floor of houses. Thousands of years later, someone may hear the story of our pain and sacrifice from the walls of this city. After about a decade here, I, like other migrant workers, have many stories and recollections to share with you. This diary contains the collected fragments of my experiences. It is not my intention to write anything against my homeland or this country. No hurt feelings, please. I have just written down the most valuable moments of my life here. This diary records observations from my reality, how much I love my country from this distance, how I understand the inadequacy of fulfilling a dream and how much it hurts staying away from beloved ones. Sometimes I feel what it means to be lonely in the crowd of migrants, feeling the burden of age though I am relatively young. Maybe my exile from home and nation is a punishment for past sins.

Editorial reviews

Stranger to Myself is an extraordinary book. All of Sharif’s writing are filled with the strong power of emotions which reflect the isolation of being away from the homeland. This book is a significant milestone for Bangladeshi migrant workers. I hope that it will be a great contribution to our Bangali literature and world literature as well. — Ayesha Siddiqua Shelley, Counsellor (Labour), Bangladesh High Commission, Singapore

A fascinating, challenging and truly important book. Not only do we now at long last have access to the most sustained and authentic narrative and record of life and work as a Bengali migrant in 21st century Singapore, but also a genuine work of art in its own right. Sharif is an unprecedented and crucial voice in Singapore writing: perceptive, joyful, critical, constructive. With his characteristic modesty, he has something of moment to tell us and he does so from the heart beautifully. — Richard Angus Whitehead, Lecturer, English Language and Literature Department, National Institute of Education

This is an often surprising, thoughtful and beautifully written book. It puts a lot of the self-absorbed, pretentious writing on my bookshelf to shame and should be compulsory reading in Singapore schools. — John Gresham, writer and photographer 

Additional Information

Weight 350 g
Dimensions 19.5 x 13 x 1.5 cm