More cool rights news: as reported by Books+Publishing, we at Brow Books have sold the UK and Commonwealth rights to Intan Paramaditha’s Apple and Knife to Harvill Secker (an imprint of Penguin Random House UK's Vintage division). The deal was overseen by Kelly Falconer at Asia Literary Agency, and includes a second book by Intan, The Wandering. Harvill Secker’s edition of Apple and Knife will be published in early 2019.
We're excited for Intan and delighted that her book will receive the recognition it deserves and that readers all around the world will be introduced to her work. Apple and Knife was published here in Australia just this month, and has already received some rave reviews, including in The Saturday Paper, whose reviewer said of the book: “Paramaditha’s stories are shockingly bold and macabrely funny, powerfully defamiliarising the cultural lore of patriarchy. What makes them special is their lack of interest in representing women as victims – here, the taboo of feminist anger is flagrantly and entertainingly broken.”
We’re officially launching the book this Friday night in Sydney at Better Read Than Dead. Intan will also be appearing at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and other festivals throughout the year.
About Apple and Knife
Inspired by horror fiction, myths and fairy tales, Apple and Knife is an unsettling ride that swerves into the supernatural to explore the dangers and power of occupying a female body in today’s world.
These short fictions set in the Indonesian everyday—in corporate boardrooms, in shanty towns, on dangdut stages—reveal a soupy otherworld stewing just beneath the surface. Sometimes wacky and always engrossing, this is subversive feminist horror at its best, where men and women alike are arbiters of fear, and where revenge is sometimes sweetest when delivered from the grave.
Mara finds herself brainstorming an ad campaign for Free Maxi Pads, with a little help from the menstruation-eating hag of her childhood. Jamal falls in love with the rich and powerful Bambang, but it is the era of the smiling general and, if he’s not careful, he may find himself recruited to Bambang’s brutal cause. Solihin would give anything to make dangdut singer Salimah his wife – anything at all.
In the globally connected and fast-developing Indonesia of Apple and Knife, taboos, inversions, sex and death all come together in a heady, intoxicating mix full of pointed critiques and bloody mutilations. Women carve a place for themselves in this world, finding ways to subvert norms or enacting brutalities on themselves and each other.