The Scholar and the Dragon
As good as historical fiction gets—The Scholar and the Dragon immerses the reader in the Singapore of the 1910s, where overseas Chinese fought for revolution to bring down the Qing Dynasty. Stella Kon’s tale is spell-binding, with turns and twists, and the feel of an epic movie.
“A significant contribution to local literature… Kon’s approach (is) disarmingly direct, her language clear and clean, tasting fresh on the tongue, with a tang of irony. She is engaging and friendly, telling a fascinating story with humorous asides. Anyone interested in local literature and history will enjoy this book, but the young, particularly, should be encouraged to read it.”
—The Straits Times
“The Scholar and the Dragon is a book which, once we start reading, seems very reluctant to have us put it down before finishing. It does have…the ‘power to involve’ readers. For a generation that does not, apparently, want to have too much to do with history as a subject, such a book may well offer the means to enter a period which laid the seeds of current nationhood.”
—Dr Kirpal Singh, author of The Best of Kirpal Singh
About the Author
Stella Kon was born in Edinburgh and lived for many years in Malaysia. The Singaporean playwright, novelist, short story writer and poet is best known for her play Emily of Emerald Hill, arguably Singapore’s most performed play. Since it was first staged in 1984, it has been produced by many directors numerous times in Singapore, Malaysia and at arts festivals in Hong Kong, Australia, New York, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich. Kon is a three-time winner of the National Playwriting Competition and a Singapore Literature Prize Merit Award winner for her novel, Eston. In 2008 she won the Southeast Asian Writers Award. Her works have been studied in local and foreign universities and her latest interest is in writing musicals. Her paternal great-grandfather was Dr Lim Boon Keng. On her mother’s side she is a seventh-generation descendant of Tan Tock Seng. More information about the writer can be found on her website www.emilyofemeraldhill.com.
Size: 130 x 200mm
Published: September 2011