Winner of Fiction in Chinese

《丹那美拉的潮声》

《丹那美拉的潮声》收录了作者近二十年来发表的微型与闪小说58篇,涵盖了历史与社会题材,探索生与死的终极意义,同时刻画了两代之间关系的疏离与矛盾,建国一代处于土地与文化传统在急速变化中所遭受到连根拔起的困境。

张松建副教授分析作者有关二战题材的作品“深刻批判了历史健忘症者——无论是加害者群体的后裔还是受害者的后裔——,并且揭示了遗忘的生产机制及其文化政治。在这样的历史框架下阅读这些创作,也许会有新的发现。……他的‘新加坡经验’之丰富与复杂,几有超乎笔墨所能形容者。”南治国博士认为其“作品体现了不可模仿的‘孤岛属性’,每一篇作品都在题材、视角、立意和情节上都力求突破,体现了他独特的写作风格。

Sound of the Tides @ Tanah Merah

This collection consists of 58 mini-fictions and flash fictions written over the past 20 years. The content includes historical and social themes, explores the ultimate meaning of life and death, and at the same time depicts the alienation and contradiction between two generations. It reflects the pioneer generation's alienation in a rapidly changing environment and shifting cultural norms. It also discusses the creative motif of retrospect and reflection about World War II over the last century.

玲子传媒私人有限公司 / Lingzi Media Pte Ltd
2021

评判评语

《丹那美拉的潮声》,由五十八篇小说集成,各自独立成章,同时,有机组合为完整一体,它们连贯首尾,嵌合左右,仿佛长轴画卷,展现了国族的过去、现在及遥想中的未来。这些短小的故事,总是能够以精简的要义,收揽起自由的布局,使之具有寓言的外形。然而就在天真古朴的容器里,却是繁杂的人世间,色彩斑斓的情感世界——即便经过理性的归纳和提炼,演变成抽象的图案,依然流露出来自感性体验的生动性,体现了作者对现实存在的认识,由此发生想像,于是,在严格的思想性之下,释放出浪漫的诗意。作者希尼尔,是一位成熟的写作者,多年来他以文学的方式传达给我们他的内心生活,将个人的哲思贡献给社会的集体精神,丰富着不仅新加坡,还有全球的华语写作,甚而至于世界上不同文字不同民族共同的虚构活动。

Judges' Comments

Sound of the Tides @ Tanah Merah is a collection of 58 independent short stories that also form a bigger whole through their interconnectedness. It is like a picture scroll that portrays the past, present, and imagined future of Singapore and its various races. Each story has a concise message that embellishes its flexible structure, making it appear like a fable. But inside the humble vessel is the complexities of the world and its colourful emotions. Even after rational categorisation and distillation to produce an abstract picture, the vividness of various sensory experiences remains. This shows the author’s understanding of reality, the basis of his imagination that led to poetic expression amidst rigorous thought. The author, Xi Ni Er, is a seasoned writer who has for many years provided readers with a window into his inner thoughts using his brand of literature. Contributing his philosophic thoughts to the collective that is society, he has not only enriched Singapore, but also Chinese fiction around the world, and perhaps even those of other races or in other languages globally.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

希尼尔

希尼尔曾获得新加坡文学奖、国家文化奖、东南亚文学奖。著有诗集《绑架岁月》及《轻信莫疑》,微型小说集《生命里难以承受的重》、《认真面具》、《青鸟架》与《恋恋浮城》等。

Xi Ni Er

Chia Hwee Pheng writes under the pen name of Xi Ni Er. He has won the Singapore Literature Prize, the Cultural Medallion and the Southeast Asia Write Award. His published books include The Stretched Credulity, The Earnest Mask and The Floating Republic.