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When fiction playfully blends historical facts with authorial perspectives, should we shut them out? Sonny Liew's The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (left) and Mohamed Latiff Mohamed's The Widower make their case.

History takes a spin in the rabbit hole

Two new novels borrow significant moments of Singapore's past to tell their stories. But why has one run afoul of the authorities?
Jun 12, 2015 5:50 AM

The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
By Sonny Liew
Epigram Books
320 pages, S$34.90

The Widower
By Mohamed Latiff Mohamed
Translated by Alfian Sa'at
Epigram Books
134 pages, S$24.90

BY coincidence, Epigram