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Translating Gender Fluidity in Clara Ng’s “Meteors”

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In this article: Clara Ng

Written by Toni Pollard
Originally published in Words Without Borders.

Mar 18, 2019
Clara Ng’s “Meteors” is a deceptively simple tale of a sweet relationship between an alien and an earthling. Set in a distant galaxy, it plays with the dimensions of space and time. However, reading it in Indonesian likely provides a different experience than reading its English translation. This difference is due to another element that the author is consciously toying with—that of gender. The gender fluidity that exists in the Indonesian is almost impossible to translate satisfactorily for English readers.

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