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‘Happy Stories, Mostly’ wins Republic of Consciousness Prize

In the UK, Indonesian writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu and his publisher Tilted Axis Press have won this year’s Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses, for Pasaribu’s short story collection Happy Stories, Mostly.

Tanslated by Sydney-based writer and translator Tiffany Tsao, Happy Stories, Mostly is published in Australia by Giramondo. The book was also longlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize, with Tsao the first Australia-based translator to be recognised in the history of the prize.

Happy Stories, Mostly was chosen as the winner of the Republic of Consciousness Prize from a shortlist of five announced in March. Launched in 2017, the award recognises ‘brave, bold and brilliant’ literature from small presses in the UK.

The winner of last year’s Republic of Consciousness Prize was Shola von Reinhold for Lote (Jacaranda Press). For more information, see the prize website.


Category: International news