Tash Aw

  • Malaysia
  • 2018/2019
  • Judith Ginsberg Fellow, Affiliate Fellow
Tash Aw

Tash Aw is the author of the novels Five Star Billionaire (long listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize), Map of the Invisible World, and The Harmony Silk Factory (long listed for the 2005 Man Booker Prize) and, most recently, The Face: Strangers on a Pier, a memoir of a Malaysian family (finalist for the LA Times Book Prize). His work has been translated into 23 languages. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the Magazine littéraire, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times. He has received, among other distinctions, a Whitbread First Novel Award (2006), a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Asia-Pacific Region (2006), and the O. Henry Prize (2013).

The Seventh Year, novel

A novel about a Chinese merchant in Senegal today, which rethinks ideas of race, migration and belonging in contemporary fiction. I hope to question the presence of the West at the center of the narrative of immigrant stories, in order to reflect the reality of modern-day—and indeed historical—movements of people across continents and cultures.