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My Dream Job

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my life is the afterlife

From the author of Happy Stories, Mostly and Sergius Seeks Bacchus. Their first work originally written in English.

My Dream Job is a tender playground of intellect and wit where entire worlds collide: the English and Toba Batak languages; Christian and Batak mythology; colonial violence past and present. In a voice playful, daring and not pursuing legibility above all else, Pasaribu writes the ultimate eulogy for a postcolonial dream.

‘Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s collection inverts then rotates the condition of memory to emanate carefree, surreal logics.’ —Bhanu Kapil

‘This is a book which simmers with a defiant rage, all the while offering the reader palpable moments of tenderness, or something akin to hope.’ —Mary Jean Chan, author of Flèche