Nutmeg Woman

Translator: Heather Curnow
Author: Azhari
Preface: James Siegel
Visual Design: Narto Anjala- Pustaka Sempu
Publisher: Heather Curnow & Azhari (affiliation with INSISTPress)
ISBN: 978-602-0857-08-4
Edtion: 2nd, September 2015
Collation: 14 x 21 cm; viii+92 pages


These stories have a dark side.  Outsiders and eccentrics are regarded with suspicion, tortured, even killed. The major theme that emerges is of families diminished by conflict; almost a generation of adult males appears to be missing. Their absence is balanced by a number of strong female presences.  This also reflects the dominance of women in the Acehnese household.

Azhari is a master of suspense.  He wastes no words; his narration is sparse. The overall atmosphere of the stories in Nutmeg Woman is tense and anxious.  If there is a message, it is a plea for peace and tolerance and an end to bloodshed and oppression. ***

Preview Edition
Issued to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair, 2015/ Published by Heather Curnow & Azhari/ Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2015.

  • First edition 2009: Nutmeg Woman, published by Aneuk Mulieng, Banda Aceh.
  • First published in Indonesian as: Perempuan Pala (Azhari, Akademi Kebudayaan Yogyakarta-AKY, 2004)

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