Apple and Knife

Book / Collection of Short Stories — Women in Translation


by Intan Paramaditha
Translated by Stephen J. Epstein

Format: Paperback, English
192 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: /9781787301160
Published Dec 06, 2018 by Harvill Secker

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A dazzling and provocative debut story collection from celebrated Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha, putting fierce and fabulous female characters centre stage in brilliantly funny and sharp twists on fairy tale.

Inspired by horror fiction, myths and fairy tales, Apple and Knife is an unsettling ride that swerves into the supernatural to explore the dangers and power of occupying a female body in today’s world.

These stories set in the Indonesian everyday – in corporate boardrooms, shanty towns, on dangdut stages – reveal a soupy otherworld stewing just beneath the surface. This is subversive feminist horror at its best, where men and women alike are arbiters of fear, and where revenge is sometimes sweetest when delivered from the grave.

Dark, humorous, and vividly realised, Apple and Knife brings together taboos, inversions, sex and death in a heady, intoxicating mix.



the fantastical elements do add an extra layer of interest to the stories. The majority are quite bewitching.
Kirsty Hewitt in Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha (NB Magazine, Apr 25, 2019)
Every story is at once a garish and nasty folktale to be enjoyed and gasped at, but also serves as a reminder to women that they are strong and fierce and dangerous.
Will Heath in Review: Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha (Books and Bao, Dec 04, 2018)


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