The poetic inspiration of a great novelist and his work

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This article mentions Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Written by Gig Ryan
Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Aug 28, 2020


Navigable Ink, inspired by the life and work of the great Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer, also impressionistically re-casts into poetry episodes from his writings on Indonesia’s complex history. Jennifer Mackenzie’s earlier volume Borobudur meditated on that Buddhist monument through its architect, and here she transmits Pramoedya’s vigilant dissidence, often through his novel Arus Balik (The Turning of the Tide), set in 16th-century Indonesia, that she has also partly translated.

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