Author: Joned Suryatmoko

Kita gagal mencium bau busuk dalam layar dan berhasilkah kita menciumnya dalam kenyataan sosial

Cerpen berjudul “Bau Busuk” karya Eka Kurniawan menawarkan pengalaman penubuhan yang menarik karena cerpen sepanjang dua ribuan kata itu ditulis hanya dengan satu titik di bagian akhir tulisan, memaksa kita untuk membacanya tanpa henti, yang jeda singkatnya hanya ditawarkan banyak koma di sepanjang tulisan dan karena tak bertitik maka ia juga tak berparagraf, oleh karena itu saat membaca, kita akan tersengal-sengal, mencari cara menarik nafas di sela rangkaian kalimat tak berujung yang menceritakan bau busuk di seantero penjuru kota, bernama Halimunda.

We fail to smell the rotten stench on the screen and can we smell it in social realities

The short story entitled “Rotten Stench” by Eka Kurniawan presents an interesting bodily experience as there is only one full stop at the end of the two-thousand-word story, forcing us to read it non-stop, where throughout the story short pauses are only made available by commas, and since there is no full stop in between, it has no paragraphs either, thus, when we read the story, we will gasp for air, looking for escapes to catch our breath in between the endless sequence of sentence that tells the story of a rotten stench that entirely engulfed a city named Halimunda.