Disobedient women

All Things Books / Review

About Apple and Knife,
Written by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, and was originally published in Mekong Review,
Feb 09, 2018

When you hear the term “Indonesian woman”, what comes to mind?

When Sihir Perempuan was published in 2005, Intan Paramaditha was only twenty-five and on the verge of leaving Indonesia for graduate studies in the United States. She has been wandering ever since. However, her debut collection of short stories, whose title can be translated as “Black Magic Woman”, has left its mark on many Indonesian readers. It has influenced a handful of younger writers, like Guntur Alam and Eve Shi, and turned Paramaditha’s work into a sort of gothic, feminist cult.

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