The Adventures of Holden Heng
Enter the world of Holden Heng, the not-so-lucky-in-love protagonist of this comic realist novel that documents social currents transforming the Lion City. Described as the most Singaporean of Singapore writers, Robert Yeo presents an immensely entertaining story of a typical Singaporean man’s escapades with three very different women. Will he ever find true love?
“…an impressive Singaporean novel, humourously serious.”
—World Literature Today
“The pace of Adventures is fast and the language is decorous. The depiction of Singapore and its social mores is incisive.”
“Holden Heng is a picaresque hero assembled in the flatted factory of third world fiction… In his parody of the penchant to imitate, Yeo is strikingly original.”
“Immensely entertaining…a frank and fun assessment of sexuality and relationships that still feels fresh today.”
—The Sunday Times
About the Author
Robert Yeo, a poet and playwright, has been described as “the most Singaporean of Singaporean writers.” Yeo has written five volumes of poetry and five plays, dealing with issues ranging from political detention in Singapore to the Vietnam War and the Great Marriage Debate. He has also written essays on cultural policy and theatre, compiled anthologies on Singapore Literature and co-written books on the teaching of literature in secondary schools. From 1977 to 1994, he chaired two drama committees, the Drama Advisory Committee and the Drama Review Committee, which helped to develop theatre in Singapore, and in recognition of this he was awarded the Public Service Medal in 1991. He has also written two libretti for opera, with composer John Sharpley, and in 2011, he published the first part of his memoir, Routes: A Singaporean Memoir (1940–75). Yeo currently teaches Creative Writing at the Singapore Management University.
Size: 130 x 200mm
Published: September 2011