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The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction

Book / Collection of Short Stories

The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction

by Afrizal Malna Ben Sohib Cyntha Hariadi Dewi Kharisma Michellia Hanna Fransisca Sabda Armandio Alif utiuts Yusi Avianto Pareanom Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie
Edited by Maesy Ang Teddy W. Kusuma

Format: Paperback, English
ISBN/ISBN13: 1912697327/9781912697328
Published Dec 10, 2020 by Comma Press

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A group of senior citizens set out to visit an amusement park for one last suicidal ride…

A wannabe influencer takes a driverless taxi through the streets of Jakarta, only to discover the destination she’s hurtling towards is now underwater…
A daughter despairs at her mother’s wish to leave the city forever, until she uncovers the dark secret behind it…

Made up of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country on the planet. It is home to hundreds of different ethnicities and languages, and a cultural identity that is therefore constantly in flux. Like the country as a whole, the capital Jakarta is a multiplicity of irreducible, unpredictable and contradictory perspectives.

From down-and-out philosophers to roadside entertainers, the characters in these stories see Jakarta from all angles. Traversing different neighbourhoods and social strata, their stories capture the energy, aspirations, and ever-changing landscape of what is also the world’s fastest-sinking city.

Translated by Mikael Johani, Zoe McLaughlin, Shaffira Gayatri, Khairani Barokka, Daniel Owen, Paul Agusta, Eliza Vitri Handayani, Syarafina Vidyadhana, Rara Rizal and Annie Tucker.

This book has been published with the support of the British Council.

And even though the writers who contributed stories to this wonderful collection each have their own writing style and have their own unique approach, they have one thing in common: a fascination, perhaps even a love-hate relationship with the city of Jakarta.
Katrin Figge   in The Book of Jakarta – Edited by Maesy Ang & Teddy W. Kusuma (Personal Blog, Feb 06, 2021)
In this pandemic-ridden time, words are one of the most powerful ways in which to travel - so if you’ve ever fancied visiting the Indonesian capital, this book is an initial glimpse into its very heart.
Sheetal Mistry   in The Book of Jakarta (Bad Form Review, Jan 22, 2021)
In just over a hundred pages you will live Jakarta across its neighbourhoods and through time.
Chiara Pistillo   in Review: The Book of Jakarta (Bandit Fiction, Jan 07, 2021)

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