The Book of Jakarta

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About The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction,
Written by Sheetal Mistry, and was originally published in Bad Form Review,
Jan 22, 2021

‘The heart of the city was still beating, even though it’s body had been paralysed’.

I’ve always wondered what it meant to describe a city as being ‘alive’. Off the top of my head I think of a pre-pandemic Friday night in Soho! But what gives a city its energy, its lifeblood, its power; what gives it its ‘heart’?

The Book of Jakarta – a collection of short stories centered around the Indonesian capital – attempts to answer this question through its exploration of city life from a variety of perspectives and voices.

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