Apple and Knife


Apple and Knife, Intan Paramaditha, diterjemahkan oleh Stephen J. Epstein (Brow Books 2018)

Bahasa Inggris

APPLE AND KNIFE adalah kumpulan cerita pendek Intan Paramaditha yang diterjemahkan oleh Stephen J. Epstein dan diterbitkan pertama kali di Australia (Maret 2018) oleh Brow Books, divisi penerbitan majalah sastra The Lifted Brow. Buku ini mencakup 11 cerpen yang diterbitkan di Indonesia dalam kurun waktu 2005-2010 serta satu cerpen baru yang belum pernah diterbitkan. Sebelas cerpen tersebut diambil dari  Sihir Perempuan (KataKita 2005/ Gramedia Pustaka Utama 2017), kumpulan cerpen yang masuk ke dalam 5 besar Kusala Sastra Khatulistiwa tahun 2005, serta Kumpulan Budak Setan, antologi yang ditulis bersama Eka Kurniawan dan Ugoran Prasad (Gramedia Pustaka Utama 2010).

Penerjemahan buku ini didukung oleh Program Pendanaan Penerjemahan LitRI yang diselenggarakan oleh Komite Buku Nasional dan Kementrian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia.

Apple and Knife diluncurkan di Selandia Baru (New Zealand Festival, Writers and Readers, 10 Maret, 2018) and Australia (Sydney, Better Read Than Dead, 23 Maret, 2018).

Apple and Knife akan diterbitkan di Inggris dan negara-negara persemakmuran oleh Harvill Secker (Vintage/ Penguin Random House UK).

Informasi lebih lanjut tentang buku, lihat situs Brow Books/ The Lifted Brow.

Untuk pertanyaan seputar penerbitan di negara lain dan hak cipta, silakan hubungi Kelly Falconer, Asia Literary Agency:



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.



“Intan Paramaditha, who mixes fairy tales and gothic ghost stories with feminist and political issues, shakes up her readers, showing that her fiction is not beholden to a single interpretation. Her short stories reveal that the most terrifying thing in life is not one of the supernatural ghosts that populate her work, but human prejudice. As far as I’m concerned, only writers of genius are able to convey a layered and nuanced world, and Intan is one of them.”
Eka Kurniawan, internationally acclaimed author of Beauty is a Wound and Man Tiger, Man Booker International Prize 2016 finalist 

“In Apple and Knife, Intan Paramaditha has turned the fairytale on its head. Instead of helpless maidens, these fables are bursting with fierce and fabulous females, determined to exact justice in an unjust world. As the enigmatic title suggests, the writing is juicy and incisive. Every story is a gem and, as with all good fairytales, there are important lessons to be learned.”
Melanie Cheng, author of Australia Day, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award

“Deliciously dark and expertly disturbing, Intan Paramaditha’s compelling Apple and Knife will haunt you. Her weird, original stories reveal the darkness behind old tales and the shadows lurking at the edges of modern life.”
Ryan O’Neill, author of The Weight of a Human Heart and Their Brilliant Careers, winner of the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction

“Abject and visceral, the stories in Apple and Knife are incise, humorous and vividly realised. Intan Paramaditha transgresses narrative conventions, bringing the villain into intimate proximity. Her tropes are marvellously bound, ranging from allegory, dystopian realism to erotic fantasy. Luminous and dangerously entertaining.”
Michelle Cahill, author of Letter to Pessoa and winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing

“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.”
The Saturday Paper

Apple and Knife challenges contemporary national ideas about womanhood. All the stories in this book speak of distinctive aspects of women’s lives, like virginity, menstruation, abortion and marriage, and peel off the myths surrounding them. At a glance, the women in the stories — be they a mother, a daughter, a sister, a blue-collar worker, a white-collar worker or even a fiction writer — could be seen as disobedient. In an interview with Whiteboard Journal, Paramaditha admits she wants to reclaim the word bandel, or “disobedient”. Her idea of disobedience, however, is not a conventional gesture, like smoking or having a tattoo, but the inclination to break through, to cross borders, to resist.”
Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Mekong Review

Apple and Knife is an engrossing collection of short stories by Intan Paramaditha, translated into English from Indonesian for the first time by Stephen J. Epstein. I found myself so absorbed in the tales that I repeatedly lost track of time while reading. Fairytales, mythology, bits of horror and fantasy, moralistic vengeance, infidelity, and even witchcraft are all thrown together with a feminist bent to deliver the chapters in this small volume.”
Suzanne Steinbruckner, Readings