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              Happy Stories, Mostly

              Happy Stories, Mostly (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pasaribu, Norman Erikson; Translated by Tsao, Tiffany

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              Happy Stories, Mostly is a playful, charged and tender collection of twelve stories - a blend of speculative fiction and dark absurdism, often drawing on Norman Erikson Pasaribu's Batak and Christian cultures. Pasaribu's stories ask what it means to be almost happy - almost to fi...nd joy, almost to be accepted, but never quite grasp one's desire. Joy and contentment shimmer on the horizon, just out of reach. In one story, an employee is introduced to their new workplace - a department of Heaven devoted to archiving unanswered prayers. In another, a woman on holiday in Vietnam attempts to find solace following the suicide of her son. In a third, a young man befriends a university classmate obsessed with verifying the existence of a mythical hundred-foot-tall man. Throughout the collection, queerness is a fact of life from which tragicomic events spring, amidst the forces that keep people from those whom they yearn for most, and the miraculous, melancholy ability to survive such loneliness. In the words of one of the stories' narrators, 'I work in the dark. Like mushrooms. I don't need light to thrive.'
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              ISBN 9781925818949
              Published NZ 1 Apr 2022
              Publisher Giramondo Publishing Co
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              Sergius Seeks Bacchus

              Sergius Seeks Bacchus (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pasaribu, Norman Erikson; Translated by Tsao, Tiffany

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              To say it is hard to be queer in Indonesia is a gross understatement. LGBTQI Indonesians encounter violence on a regular basis - from those around them, and increasingly, from the state itself. Yet this was the stage on which Norman Erikson Pasaribu's poetry collection Sergius Se...eks Bacchus made its debut, breaking new ground to become, in the words of another Indonesian poet Mikael Johani, `a queer pioneer' on `an extremely heteronormative poetry scene'. Sergius Seeks Bacchus is a heart-breaking yet humorous rumination on what it means to be in the minority on multiple levels - in terms of sexuality, but also, ethnicity and religion. Drawing on the experiences of fellow members of the queer community and especially on the poet's life as an openly gay writer of Bataknese descent and Christian background, the collection furnishes readers with an alternative gospel, a book of bittersweet and tragicomic good news pieced together from the poet's encounters with ridicule, persecution, loneliness, and also, happiness. 'The poems, though seemingly light-hearted, provide the reader room to delve deeper into many matters, both the tragic and comic aspects of humanity: sex, religion, and politics, even poetry itself. His greatest strength, however, lies in his sly humour - his ability to write poems without putting on poetic airs.' - Eka Kurniawan 'His is a new and magical voice emerging in literature, yet one almost preternaturally wise, profoundly celebratory of the history and possibility of poetry.' - Christos Tsiolkas
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              ISBN 9781925818109
              Published NZ 1 Jun 2019
              Publisher Giramondo Publishing Co
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              Happy Stories, Mostly
               

              Happy Stories, Mostly (Paperback)

              By Pasaribu, Norman Erikson

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              Playful, experimental, and charged, Happy Stories, Mostly is a collection of stories that queer the norm. A blend of science fiction, absurdism, and alternative-historical realism, this is a powerful puff of fresh air, aimed at destabilizing the heteronormative world and exposing... its underlying rot.
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              ISBN 9781911284635
              Publisher Tilted Axis Press
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