Nalar’s Mask

Works in Translation

Dewi Ria Utari, translated by Femmy Syahrani
Published as a part of Dalang Publishing’s Your Stories, Oct 06, 2017

First published in Kekasih Marionette dan 12 Kisah Lainnya as Topeng Nalar (also on Kompas - Sun, Jan 4, 2009).

Nalar has been running a fever for three days. Usually, a wet compress or some shallot slices on her forehead quickly dispels such fevers. Yesterday, her grandmother took her to see Mak Moyong, a healer of children, who said it was a bout of epilepsy. But Nalar’s fever persisted, even after her grandmother made her drink Mak Moyong’s tonic.

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