Home | Writers | Contributing Authors | Books | Publishers | Media | Latest Update | What Media Says | Book Review | Translations | Story
If you are a writer yourself, help us grow the database? Get listed! — A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Cerita-cerita Bahagia, Hampir Seluruhnya

Book / Collection of Short Stories

Cerita-cerita Bahagia, Hampir Seluruhnya

Happy Stories, Mostly
by Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Format: Paperback, Indonesian
203 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 6020640108/9786020640105
Published Oct 19, 2020 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama

View on Goodreads | Google Books

Playful, experimental, and charged, Happy Stories, Mostly (Cerita-cerita Bahagia, Hampir Seluruhnya) is a collection of ten stories that queer the norm. Inspired by Simone Weil’s concept of “decreation,” and often drawing on Batak and Christian cultural elements, the stories put queer characters in situations and plots conventionally filled by hetero characters.

In one story, a new staff member is introduced to their new workplace—a department of Heaven devoted to archiving unanswered prayers. In another, a woman’s attempt to vacation in Vietnam after her gay son commits suicide turns into a nightmarish failed escape. In “A How-To-Guide For A Young Poet Getting Over a Broken Heart,” the eponymous queer poet deals bitterly with not being considered attractive enough. In the speculative-historical “The Giant Man: The Real Story,” a young man finds himself haunted by the tale of a giant man living in colonial-era Sumatra.

A blend of science fiction, absurdism, and alternative-historical realism, Happy Stories, Mostly is a powerful puff of fresh air, aimed at destabilizing the heteronormative world and exposing its underlying rot.1

  1. Jacaranda 

Other/Related Editions

Happy Stories, Mostly
English / 2021
Happy Stories, Mostly
English / 2022
Happy Stories, Mostly
English / 2023

*) An affiliate link. If you buy the book through this link, we may earn a small commission.

About Us

For short, our main feature, the writer's directory, provides a way for writers to find one another, but more importantly, the resources provided make it easy for event hosts—especially for international event hosts—literary organizers, arts administrators, librarians, booksellers, and readers to get in touch with writers. It's a HOME FOR INDONESIAN WRITERS. We strive to break down the language barriers that have prevented Indonesian books or literature from becoming more widespread.

Questions, comments, articles, info, etc. are more than welcome. Just send us an e-mail, mention us on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook or use the contact form.