Local authors going global

From a grand, cosmopolitan novel on 1930s movie stars to a tragedy set in World War II Singapore, four home-grown authors picked up by major international publishers are releasing novels on the global stage

In 1928, at a press ball in Berlin, a serendipitous thing happened. A photographer, Alfred Eisenstaedt, took a photo of three young actresses: Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl.

This was before Germany-born Dietrich's meteoric rise to the ranks of Hollywood's screen sirens; before Riefenstahl, also a German, picked up a camera and became the darling of Adolf Hitler for her Nazi propaganda films. Arguably the most famous when the photo was taken was Wong, a pioneer ChineseAmerican actress whose career would end in obscurity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 09, 2019, with the headline 'Local authors going global'. Subscribe