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Singapore Ground Zero and other stories Michael Vatikiotis

Singapore Ground Zero and other stories

Michael Vatikiotis

Published 2007
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Paperback
142 pages
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- For the first time in his life, Stanley Tan truly feared for his life. All the reassuring certainty of his trim and orderly world evaporated. He heard a small voice within saying: they didnt tell us. They didnt say. Perhaps they didnt know?...More- For the first time in his life, Stanley Tan truly feared for his life. All the reassuring certainty of his trim and orderly world evaporated. He heard a small voice within saying: they didnt tell us. They didnt say. Perhaps they didnt know?... -In these six stories, Michael Vatikiotis explores the paradoxical and tragic world after Al Qaedas attacks on the United States on September 11 2001. Set mostly in Muslim Southeast Asia, the stories highlight perceptions of Muslim society and Islam in the wake of the attacks. There is a view of Ground Zero and the aftermath of the attacks on New York through the eyes of a visiting Indonesian student, and the story of how the dull life of a Singapore civil servant alters dramatically when he starts reading books about the war on terror. We hear the confessions of an Indonesian security agent turned terrorist sympathizer, and explore the murky and mysterious Malay Muslim insurgency along the borders of Thailand and Malaysia.