Skip to content

Kitchen Curse: Stories

(Paperback Edition)
by Eka Kurniawan
Original Price Rs. 350.00
Current Price Rs. 280.00
(View Condition Chart)

Notify me when back in stock

Nominated for the Man Booker International, Eka Kurniawan brings his short stories into English for the first time.

Kurniawan’s freewheeling imagination explores the turbulent dreams of an ex-prostitute, the hapless life of a perpetual student, victims of an anti-communist genocide, the travails of an elephant, even the vengeful fantasies of a stone.

In Kitchen Curse, Maharani goes to her local museum looking for old recipes; her husband is abusing her, because she is a terrible cook. Instead of a recipe, she finds the old story of Diah Ayu, a peasant woman who becomes a Dutchman’s mistress during colonial times. Maharani goes home no longer wanting to be a better wife, but determined to free herself of the ‘kitchen curse’ of domestic life, plotting her husband’s murder.

The Stone’s Story is an unusual whodunit: a stone used to drown a woman in a river vows revenge on her killer. In Don’t Piss Here, Sasha, infuriated by the stench created by miscreants who piss outside her boutique, spends a night in the car park determined to find out who they are but discovers an unexpected sexual pleasure instead.

Dark, sexual, scatological, violent, and mordantly funny, each one of the sixteen stories in this collection bury themselves in the mind. Kurniawan’s fractured fables span city and country, animal and human, myth and politics; his characters and insights are at once hauntingly familiar, peculiar and twisted.


Related Categories: Available Books English Books Literature & Fiction New Releases Newest Products Short Stories Speaking Tiger

More Information:
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9789389231304