On some interviews, when Gadis Kretek was first published in 2012, they asked me what’s my biggest dream of my works? I replied, “it is to be translated into many foreign language, so the non-Indonesian readers will be able to read my work.”
Now, this is the first step of my dream; Annie Tucker had finished translating Gadis Kretek into English. My publisher, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, will be the first to publish it in English. After some on line discussion between Annie, GPU and I, we picked Cigarette Girl as its title. The cover is not far from the original one, but I think it’s more daring, with squares and lines as background.