Sergius Seeks Bacchus

Book / Poetry Collection


by Norman Erikson Pasaribu
Translated by Tiffany Tsao

Format: Paperback, English
80 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: /9781911284239
Published Mar 21, 2019 by Tilted Axis Press

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A heartbreaking and humorous rumination on what it means to be in the minority in terms of sexuality, ethnicity, and religion. Drawing on the poet’s life as an openly gay writer of Bataknese descent and Christian background, the collection furnishes readers with an alternative gospel, a book of bittersweet and tragicomic good news pieced together from encounters with ridicule, persecution, loneliness, and also happiness.

The thirty-three poems in Norman Pasaribu’s prize-winning debut display a thrilling diversity of style, length, and tone, and telescope out from individual experience to that of fellow members of the queer community, finding inspiration equally in the work of great Indonesian poets and the international literary canon, from Dante to Herta Müller.



Existence is difficult, and it is made more difficult by cruel external forces forged by other human beings. Through Sergius Seeks Bacchus we feel all of this. Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we cry.
Will Heath in Review: Sergius Seeks Bacchus By Norman Erikson Pasaribu (Books and Bao, Jun 10, 2019)


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