12 May 2021
Jakarta, 12 May 2021: Laksmi speaks to Leila S. Chudori on Kitab Kawin, her latest short story collection on women in relationships, in Leila's podcast Coming Home.
Described by its author, Laksmi Pamuntjak (Winner of Singapore Book Awards 2021 Best Literary Work for Fall Baby) as a playful attempt to ‘marry’ the word Kitab (the Arabic word for ‘Book,’ but whose common usage in Bahasa Indonesia imparts a sense of ancientness or sacredness, e.g. Kitab Suci, the Holy Book) and Kawin (which can mean that most solemn of occasions: the marriage or wedding vows, but can also mean the primal act itself—the act of copulation), Kitab Kawin (The Book of Marriage) offers a more versatile interpretation on women in relationships. It depicts a cruel and tender world not only where desire, longing, and modern perversity go side by side, but also where the realities of women’s lives often include the violence visited upon their bodies. Laksmi talks about the inspiration behind the eleven stories that make up this collection to fellow author Leila S. Chudori in an in-depth and illuminating one hour-long conversation.
Wednesday, 12 May 2021