Kappa Quartet

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Epigram Books, 2016 - Fiction - 239 pages
Shortlisted for the Singapore Book Awards 2017 (Best Book Cover Design)

Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2015 Longlist

Kevin is a young man without a soul, holidaying in Tokyo; Mr Five, the enigmatic kappa, is the man he so happens to meet. Little does Kevin know that kappas—the river demons of Japanese folklore—desire nothing more than the souls of other humans. Set between Singapore and Japan, Kappa Quartet is split into eight discrete sections, tracing the rippling effects of this chance encounter across a host of other characters, connected and bound to one another in ways both strange and serendipitous. Together they ask one another: what does it mean to be in possession of something nobody has seen before?

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About the author (2016)

Daryl Qilin Yam is a co-editor of the SingPoWriMo anthology series, a director at Sing Lit Station, and a stageplay producer at Take Off Productions. He holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick, and spent a year in Japan studying at the University of Tokyo. His prose and poetry have been published in a number of anthologies and literary journals. Kappa Quartet is his first novel.

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