Pearls from Their Mouth

Pear Nuallak


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Hajar Press
28 July 2022
ISBN: 9781914221149
180 pages

From the publisher

An explosive collection of myths and musings on the body, desire and power.

‘Riotously abandon[s] the narrative structures to which we have accustomed ourselves … point[s] to the fluidity of form and its political potential.’
Bad Form

‘Not so much a call-to-arms … but a book dedicated to an audience already at arms, whose arms are sore but who are keen to keep fighting.’
Singapore Unbound

This book is built of stories and provocations—like the birth of a pearl, it transforms that which irritates, layer by layer.

Through speculative fiction and critical essays, Pear Nuallak explores what happens when messy, desiring bodies collide with the hard edge of power. The world’s neat categories are unmade and rewritten, revealing that racial capitalism’s myths are just as much fantasies as Thai bird princesses and transgender magic.

Moving playfully across folktale, horror, satire and critique, Nuallak examines how different beings are formed politically, bodily and emotionally. We discover interdimensional fungi resisting colonisation, queer monsters living on Hampstead Heath, and a mysterious canal running through the ruins of capitalism into interstitial realms. We test the borders of queer diasporic nationalism and take apart the racially melancholic memoir. In this fiery yet delicate collection, we aren’t bound by truth, but flow with it into new worlds.