Apple and Knife by Intan Paramaditha

All Things Books / Review

About Apple and Knife,
Written by Kirsty Hewitt, and was originally published in NB Magazine,
Apr 25, 2019


The stories in Apple and Knife, the first English collection of award-winning Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha’s work, have been drawn from two of her books, and they are translated by Stephen J. Epstein. Paramaditha’s tales are inspired by fairytales, mythological stories, and horror, and this collection promises its readers an ‘unsettling ride that swerves into the supernatural to explore the dangers and power of occupying a female body in today’s world.’ Its blurb also claims that the collection ‘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.’

Apple and Knife is a slim collection of thirteen stories, many of which have quite beguiling titles; ‘The Blind Woman Without a Toe’, ‘Scream in a Bottle’, and ‘A Single Firefly, a Thousand Rats’ particularly caught my eye. Australian author Emily Bitto writes that the stories in Apple and Knife ‘are raw, fun, excessive, and told with a wink, but they are underlaid with an unsettling awareness of the human fate of “disobedient women”.

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