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Glass Cathedral (Singapore Classics)

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Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award, Glass Cathedral’s sensitive depiction of homosexuality in conservative Singapore is a landmark in local literature. This novella was part of a small wave of gay and lesbian–themed drama and fiction that appeared in Singapore during the early 1990s.
Paperback, 114 pages
Published September 2011 by Epigram Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Definitely worth a read for a bittersweet evocation of young gay manhood in the 90s. (Relatedly - a bittersweet evocation of young gay manhood that doesn't involve anyone dying! How about that!) The protagonist is a young university student who meets James, a rich young bachelor about town, in an English tutorial. I was particularly struck by the scene where James asks Colin if he's gay, and he reacts with horror and shock and shame, before they reconcile beautifully and start dating. (view spoi ...more
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Andrew Koh is best known for his award-winning novella Glass Cathedral, which won the 1994 Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award. Koh was a founding member of The Necessary Stage and has published various works, from academic papers to poetry. He has also co-authored several Literature textbooks for schools in Singapore.

Koh read English Literature at the National University of Singapore an
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