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Award-winning author Norman Erikson Pasaribu discusses ‘Happy Stories, Mostly’

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Winning the 2015 Jakarta Arts Council (DKJ) Poetry Book Competition, the author rocketed in 2022 with a short story collection, Cerita-cerita Bahagia, Hampir Seluruhnya (Happy Stories, Mostly). However, all that glitters might not be gold.

Author Norman Erikson Pasaribu garnered quite the accolades throughout 2022 with a short story collection titled Cerita-cerita Bahagia, Hampir Seluruhnya (CCB). The book has been translated into English, with the title Happy Stories, Mostly, by renowned translator and writer Tiffany Tsao. It also won the Republic of Consciousness Prize, an annual British literary prize, and was long-listed for the prestigious International Booker Prize.

With multiple international awards attaching to the book, readers might think that CCB is a heavy read. However, according to Norman, that is not exactly the case.

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