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At the Circus

Book / Story

At the Circus

by Nukila Amal
Translated by Toni Pollard

Format: Paperback, English
140 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 6237150196/9786237150190
Published Oct 01, 2023 by Lontar Foundation

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Ternate-born Nukila Amal is one of Indonesia’s most innovative and imaginative contemporary writers. Her stories – often hilarious, always moving, occasionally heartbreaking, sometimes shocking, but never ordinary – take you on a journey across the archipelago and into the lives of memorable, but often unnamed characters. A young widow, caught in the midst of sectarian violence, must decide whether to save her unborn baby. A man so traumatized by the loss of his family in the Aceh tsunami can no longer function as the brilliant architect he once was. In “Mannequin,” a man purchases a shop mannequin, gets his servant to dress it up then locks himself in his room with “her,” “Birds Select a King” is about a convocation of birds, including the tiny hummingbird, competing to be crowned king. “Sirajatunda, King of Procrastinators” will have you laughing out loud. One set of brief word pictures, Gazers and Storytellers, ingeniously reimagines visual images of the artist Escher. Another set, Anya and Co, focuses on the creative process of a writer and the source of her inspiration.

Nukila writes in a prose verging on poetry, brimming with metaphor, referencing world literature and art, and playing with language like no other Indonesian writer. At the Circus is a whirlwind in words that will blow you away, or have you spinning like the dancer in the title story.

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