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About Us by Reda Gaudiamo

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About Us
Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul
Reda Gaudiamo

Written by Ilina Jha, originally published in Redbrick

Feb 10, 2024

From the latest translated publication "About Us" by Reda Gaudiamo, skillfully translated by Ikhda Ayunning Maharsi Degoul and Philippa Barker, emerges a captivating portrayal of domestic life in Indonesia spanning from the 1990s to 2015.

Gaudiamo's stories, grounded in realism, harbour moments of chilling darkness amidst everyday struggles, offering poignant insights into the human condition. Through adept narrative twists, such as in "Maybe Bib Was Right" and "Taxi," Gaudiamo masterfully reveals unexpected truths about her characters, evoking a range of emotions from poignancy to stark revelation. Despite occasional clichés, the emotional depth of these tales serves as a compelling introduction to Indonesian literature in translation, showcasing the skill of both the author and translators alike.

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