Joe Conceicao’s New Novel Explores History of Kristang People

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Author announces the release of ‘Love and War in Old Malaca’

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With “Love and War in Old Malaca: A Historical Novel” (published by Trafford Publishing), Joe Conceicao’s new e-book, readers take a look 500 years into the past in a story about the Portuguese conquistadors who landed in Malacca in 1511.

According to Conceicao, the conquistadors grabbed the rich emporium from the Malay Sultan, ushering in over a century of strife. He explains that there is still a small population of Kristang people. Kristang, he says, is a Creole language which is fading in use, a well-known culinary art and a hopping dance rhythm and tune which still gets occasional mainstream attention. Conceicao comes from that community.

“Love and War in Old Malaca” shows how the Kristang people found their external foes constantly forcing them to stay within the impregnable fortress they lived in. Conceicao explains how the settlers met their joys and struggles. “The tale is worth telling,” he says, “because, today remains of Portuguese culture, however ragged, may be found scattered over the shores of Africa and Asia, as recent research has shown.”

Conceicao also works to bring attention to modern Kristang people. “‘Love and War in Old Malaca’ engages interest by the telling of the unfolding of history where there is still touristic evidence in Malacca, as in the famous ruined remnant gate belonging to the Portuguese fortress named A Famosa,” he says.

“Love and War in Old Malaca”
By Joe Conceicao
E-Book | 300 pages | ISBN 9781466930636
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joe Conceicao taught in school and later headed a university continuing education department. He served as a member of parliament and an ambassador in Moscow (twice), Jakarta and Canberra. At 88 he has published five books, and he looks forward to publishing more in his retirement.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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