The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction

The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction

A young woman takes a driverless taxi through the streets of Jakarta, only to discover that the destination she is hurtling towards is now entirely submerged...

A group of elderly women visit a famous amusement park for one last ride, but things don’t go quite according to plan...

The day before her wedding, a bride risks everything to meet her former lover at their favourite seafood restaurant on the other side of the tracks...

Despite being the world’s fourth-largest nation – made up of over 17,000 islands – very little of Indonesian history and contemporary politics are known to outsiders.
From feudal states and sultanates to a Cold War killing field and a now struggling, flawed democracy – the country’s political history, as well as its literature, defies
easy explanation. Like Indonesia itself, the capital city Jakarta is a multiplicity; irreducible, unpredictable and full of surprises. Traversing the different neighbourhoods and districts, the stories gathered here attempt to capture the
essence of contemporary Jakarta and its writing, as well as the ever-changing landscape of the fastest-sinking city in the world.

Title:The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781912697328
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    The Book of Jakarta: A City in Short Fiction Reviews

  • Daniel

    Various AuthorsThe Book of Jakarta: A City in Short FictionComma Press144 pages7.4The Book of Jakarta, written by the city's most talented writers is an ode to the metropolis. The way each author inte...

  • Alan Teder

    March 5, 2021 Update: Added bonus material at the end, in advance of next week's Borderless Book Club meeting. Indonesian ShortsReview of the Comma Press paperback edition (official publication date i...

  • Hestia Istiviani

    The book is originally written in English but this review is in Bahasa Indonesia The stories in this collection are written from a variety of perspectives, exploring the experiences of everyday life...

  • Astrid Lim

    A delightful collection of short stories with the theme of Jakarta. It was published previously in English, as a part of the City series. But I'm grateful to read it in Indonesian, since I think there...

  • Annas Jiwa Pratama

    Jakarta. This city, man, what can you say. It’s a lot.I read this book almost right after finishing The Book of Tokyo, another of Comma Press’ reading the city collection, so it’s hard not to ma...

  • Wahyu Novian

    It's so good! That's the first thing that popped up in my mind after I finished The Book of Jakarta. Ten authors told Jakarta from unique perspectives across its neighbourhoods. Stories of common Jaka...

  • afin

    It's rare to find a short story collection where you like all of the stories in the book, and yet that's what happened with this book for me. I didn't hate any of the stories in this book, they were a...

  • Anne-Grete

    I loved this collection of short stories set in Jakarta, the fastest sinking city in the world. There was incredible variety in the stories, themes and writing styles. As mentioned at the Borderless B...

  • Mourning_elf

    It have 10 short stories with various genre. It' s so refreshing theme and you can see Jakarta with different point of view....

  • Alvina

    what was the untold cost of forcing down a dictator? ...