K . S . M A N I A M K. S. was born in Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia, in 1942. After a year's schooling in Tamil, he continued in English at the Ibrahim School in Sungai Petani. He trained as a teacher at Brinsford Lodge, Wolverhampton, u.k., and taught for several years in Kedah before attending the University of Malaysia, where he graduated in 1973. He taught for many years in the English department of the University of Malaysia. His works of fiction and drama include The Aborting, Parablames & Other Stories, Arriving and Other Stories, Haunting the Tiger: Contemporary Stories from Malaysia, The Cord, The Sandpit, The Return, In a Far Country, Between Lives, and Faced Out. He was the first recipient of the Raja Rao Award for literature, which was established by the Samvad India Foundation to honor writers of Indian origin who had settled abroad, particularly in Southeast Asia. lives with his wife and children in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. If I had been born a thousand years ago, I would have had a language and a voice. I might have travelled, honoured already in my own village, to other villages singing or reciting the
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 3, 2006
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