Eight books which take on modern masculinity

(Clockwise from top left) Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan, How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Beating And Other Stories by Dave Chua, Vernon G
(Clockwise from top left) Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan, How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Beating And Other Stories by Dave Chua, Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre, A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley and The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.PHOTOS: RIVERHEAD BOOKS, PUSHKIN PRESS, CANONGATE, CORSAIR, WALKER BOOKS, GRAYWOLF PRESS, GROVE ATLANTIC, ETHOS BOOKS

SINGAPORE - When it comes to the prose of manliness, one figure looms large - Ernest Hemingway, the tough-talking, hard-drinking, war-scarred "Papa" of modernist writing.

Writer Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of his friend and fellow author F. Scott Fitzgerald, said of Hemingway scathingly: "Nobody is as male as all that."

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