Faith in Writing: Forty Years of Essays

Book / Essay Collection


by Goenawan Mohamad
Translated by Jennifer Lindsay

Format: Paperback, English
376 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 9971698749/978-9971-69-874-4
Published Oct 15, 2015 by NUS Press

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Through the difficult days of Indonesia’s authoritarianism, in the face of violence, through the euphoria of democratic transition, and ensuing disillusionment, one Indonesian writer has never lost faith in the act of writing. Goenawan Mohamad is an activist, journalist, editor, essayist, poet, commentator, theatre director and playwright. These essays, translated by his long-time collaborator Jennifer Lindsay, reveal a vision both uniquely Indonesian and completely universal.1


  1. NUS Press 


This collection is a thing of beauty—that rare book that touches the mind, heart and soul. It is eye-opening, mind-boggling, thought-provoking, awareness-raising and, hopefully, attitude-changing.
Andreas Winardi in Man of Letters: Goenawan Mohamad’s Faith in Writing: Forty Years of Essays (Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Jun 01, 2016)
This is Goenawan's charm: grounding weighty insights into politics and power by relating them to the mundane and quotidian.
Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh in Goenawan Mohamad: Fighting graft with his pen (The Straits Times, Nov 08, 2015)