The Asia Literary Review


Online and in print Martin Alexander, Phillip Kim and the Asia Literary Review's editorial team publish the best contemporary writing from and about Asia.


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What others say



'For decades, Asia’s modern literature, even to us in Asia, was a dark continent. If all this is now changed or changing, ALR has had a lot to do with it.' Arvind Krishna Mehrotra



‘The Asia Literary Review fills an important gap. We’ve grown used to reading about Asia. But through a kaleidoscope of stories, essays, poems, polemics and photographs, finally we can hear Asians talking about themselves.’ David Pilling, former Asia Editor, Financial Times


'Given much of the 21st century is going to be shaped in Asia, it is excellent that the Asia Literary Review introduces us to new and familiar writers of the continent profiling and showcasing their work. I am a big fan and am sure that the Review will continue to entertain and get bigger and better.' Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, Chairman of the BBC Trust and former Governor of Hong Kong


‘A necessary mirror to reflect the work of Asia’s most interesting writers.’ David Davidar, author of Ithaca


‘Without Asia Literary Review it would be impossible, unless you had a really a deep interest in a certain country, to read many of these authors. It has opened up a channel. It’s like the Panama Canal.’ Miguel Syjuco, Man Asian Literary Prize winner 2008


'Destined to become hugely influential.' Time Out


'An unabashed miscellany that delights in its own variety.' Time


'Set to become the Granta of the East ... offers much to look forward to.' South China Morning Post


'Absolutely brilliant!' Granta


'Asia Literary Review glories in eclecticism.' The Hindu