Cool Stuff, In English

This is an excerpt from Beauty Is a Wound in Traditional Chinese:

傳說有個名叫倫嘉妮斯的公主十分美麗,見了她的人都願意為她而死。馬曼根登一晚醒來,覺得他為了得到那樣的女人,願意和任何人一戰,於是一一搖醒他的手下,問他們倫嘉妮斯公主住在哪。他們答道,當然是在哈里蒙達啊,坐著獨木舟沿海岸往西划,就會到達。

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倫嘉妮斯公主的傳說:《美傷》

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Cool Stuff, In English

Beauty Is a Wound serves as a crash course in contemporary Indonesian history since most of us know little about the country beyond Bali. And it is an oral history lesson well told; with all the folk ribaldry and dry humour that one associates with the rootedness of the vernacular. Indonesia offers a number of things familiar to Indians.” A review by Satyabrat Sinha, The Wire.

Adding Light to the Sum of Light

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Cool Stuff

The society tends to simplify it as “magical realism,” just because of how it shows up, both fantastically and realistically. We rarely identify Kafka as a magical realist writer, despite the fact there are many fantastic elements in his works. And why are the comic characters from DC and Marvel not called magical realism, even though they have plenty of fantastic elements? The magic aspects in my novel are influenced by horror and silat (Indonesian martial art) novels of the 1970s. Beauty Is a Wound is quite tricky, as it’s difficult to put it in one genre. Classifying it as “magic realism” would be easier for people to figure it out.

Read my conversation with Electronic Literature.

Interview, Electronic Literature

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