A Short Story About Acceptance and Loss by Eka Kurniawan

Works in Translation


Eka Kurniawan, translated by Annie Tucker
Published as a part of VICE: The September Stories Issue, Sep 20, 2017

Originally published as Pengantar Tidur Panjang.


After seeing that Father was still alive, even though he was lying there unable to move, her sobs subsided. My sister said she’d received a phone call from my mother, and what she said Mother had told her was exactly what Mother had told me: Come home if you can, the nurse taking care of your father says his kidneys are failing. Before leaving, my sister had stopped by the campus health center because her eye had been itching.

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