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Ho Sok Fong

Ho Sok Fong is the Malaysian author of two award-winning short story collections in Chinese, Maze Carpet and Lake Like a Mirror. She is currently working on a novel, The Forest in Full Bloom, supported by a Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation grant. In the summer of 2020 she moved from Malaysia to Taipei, where she teaches at Taipei National University of the Arts.


Lake Like a Mirror

Ho Sok Fong

Translated by Natascha Bruce

By an author described by critics as ‘the most accomplished Malaysian writer, full stop’. Lake Like a Mirror is a scintillating exploration of the lives of women buffeted by powers beyond their control. Squeezing themselves between the gaps of rabid urbanisation, patriarchal structures and a theocratic government, these women find their lives twisted in disturbing ways.

In precise and disquieting prose, Ho Sok Fong draws her readers into a richly atmospheric world of naked sleepwalkers in a rehabilitation centre for wayward Muslims, mysterious wooden boxes, gossip in unlicensed hairdressers, hotels with amnesiac guests, and poetry classes with accidentally charged politics – a world that is peopled with the ghosts of unsaid words, unmanaged desires and uncertain statuses, surreal and utterly true.