What is this book about?
Stephen Black is a Cambridge research student who comes to Singapore with his wife. He researches the printing techniques and noteworthy printers of the period between 1835 and 1911.His wife is an amateur chef, specializing in molecular cooking. For various reasons, they are in the Armenian Street/Fort Canning area nearly every day.
One evening tragedy strikes.
The inks, binding and paper of Contact With Shadow form a unique art object which is part thesis paper, part romantic novel and part illustrated travel guide.travel. Armenian history is touched upon, as are the lives of Sir Stamford Raffles, Sun Yat Sen and George Coleman.Contact With Shadow is emotional, factual and historical.
It's a double pleasure to read this wonderful scrapbook of historical facts, metafictions and photographs. First, there's the joy of gleaning nuggets of knowledge about Singapore and the printed word hitherto unknown; and second, there's the childlike wonder of never knowing what Stephen Black has in store for us on the next page.
Ng Yi-Sheng is a full-time writer of poetry, drama, criticism, journalism and songs. His poetry collection, "last boy", won the Singapore Literature Prize in 2008. He blogs at http://lastboy.blogspot.com .
"I absolutely love this book. Not only did I learn about Singapore, the unusual presentation is fun, the images are impressive and the writing is moving and emotional"
- Vikki Weston, professional editor (Time-Life and other publishing companies)