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The March 4th Incident

Works in Translation

Sabda Armandio Alif, translated by Lara Norgaard
Published in Words Without Borders, May 16, 2023

First published in 24 Jam Bersama Gaspar: Sebuah Cerita Detektif as Kejahatan 4 Maret.

Indonesian novelist Sabda Armandio's futuristic crime novel 24 Hours with Gaspar is out now from Seagull Books. In this excerpt, translated by Lara Norgaard, the narrator begins his investigation of a mysterious criminal named Gaspar.

Before we parted ways in the courtyard of the Gberia Fotombu Mosque, an Arab traveler who had befriended me over the course of more than 1001 nights gave me the following advice: “Remember, my friend, nothing is so dangerous as stories that have you believe good always triumphs over evil, as they will make you dim-witted and cruel.”

Read the full story here.

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