via The Star, 05 December 2020: Penguin books has recently launched two Southeast Asian works as classic titles, the Malay Annals (Sejarah Melayu) and Thai novel Prisna.
Penguin Random House SEA has released two classic titles from South-East Asia, due in local bookshops this month.
The titles are The Genealogy Of Kings (Sulalatus Salatin) by Malaysian National Laureate Prof Muhammad Haji Salleh and Prisna by Princess Vibhavadi Rangsit, translated by Tulachandra, which is published in two volumes.
“We are excited and proud to inaugurate our South-East Asia Classics catalogue with these two legendary written works. These titles and many other of their kind have been able to capture and preserve the essence of another era and we are honoured to not just bring them back to the current literary landscape but also to reinforce their relevance amongst today’s readers,” said Nora Nazerene Abu Bakar, associate publisher, Penguin Random House SEA in a statement.
The Genealogy Of Kings is a literary work that gives a romanticised history of the origin, evolution and demise of the great Malay maritime empire, the Melaka Sultanate. The work, which was composed sometime between 15th and 16th centuries, is considered one of the finest literary and historical works in the Malay language.