What Media Says

Feb 13, 2018

Crossing the finish line




Last February many in the world of Indonesian letters were saddened to learn of the death in Makassar of Wilson Tjandinegara, also known in the Chinese world as Chen Donglong or 陳冬龍. Reminiscences appeared in the Chinese-language newspapers and magazines, and Wilson’s daughter made a visit to the Perhimpunan Penulis Tionghoa Indonesia (Chinese Indonesian Writers’ Association) to receive condolences and present a few of the writer’s effects.

Jan 19, 2018 Navigating sex, politics and #metoo in Indonesian literature
Jan 04, 2018 Intan Paramaditha: Can’t be silenced

Book Story

Feb 13, 2018

Eliza Vitri Handayani on Her Novel of Freedom Set in a Repressed Society

Indonesian writer Eliza Vitri Handayani's short works have appeared in the Griffith Review, Asia Literary Review, Exchanges Journal, Magdalene, Jakarta Post, Koran Tempo, Words Without Borders, Inside Indonesia, and Index on Censorship. In 2012 she launched InterSastra, an initiative to improve literary translation in Indonesia. In 2016 Eliza was selected as a WrICE fellow and participated in residencies in China and Australia. Her controversial novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different (Vagabond Press) was published in 2015. Told in a series of deftly deployed flashbacks, the story revolves around two lovers who participated in the student protest movement that helped to oust Suharto in 1998, who had ruled Indonesia under his repressive New Order regime since 1967.

Feb 12, 2018 Tale of the Bidadari by Stephani Soejono
Feb 10, 2018 Jakarta author seeks a lighter side of Islam

What's New

Jan 26, 2018

LiBeratur Prize puts non-European female writers in the spotlight

A unique program is underway to celebrate the anniversary. Laureates from past years will gather on January 26 and 27, including Fariba Vafi from Iran (2017), the Indonesian poet and journalist Laksmi Pamuntjak (2016), Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien (2015), Raja'a Alem from Saudi Arabia (2014), Argentine Claudia Pineiro (2010) and Mayra Montero from Cuba (1998).

Dec 19, 2017

Literature is the new cool

Recently, there has been increased demand among the Indonesian public for quality literary works thanks to the influence of social media, literary references in popular culture and thriving literary festivals across the country as well as international recognition for some local authors. That is why Indonesian bookworms are seeing more new titles and reprinted works than ever in the literature section of mainstream bookstores — both works penned by local writers as well as translations.

Dec 14, 2017

The letters spelled COURAGE: Fighting censorship in Indonesia

There is a creeping silence in Indonesia. At the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Sam Flynn spoke to those who write from the margins, despite the real and violent repercussions they face for doing so.

Blog

May 24, 2017

Tiffany Tsao: On working with Norman for Asymptote




One of the most rewarding things about being an Editor-at-Large for Asymptote is unearthing and bringing a new life to exciting work from the countries we represent. As the Indonesia Editor-at-Large, I see my role as that ...

September 28, 2015 Aan Mansyur on Writing: The Only Way to Find Answers for His Restless Mind
July 4, 2015 Erni Aladjai: Wandering Kei

 

October 4, 2017

The September Monthly Digest is out today!

If you missed what happened in Indonesian literature in September, here’s a list of what we have got so far. Highlights recent pieces: insightful reviews, and news updates, in addition to notable goings-on as posted ...

October 4, 2017

Salihara’s Literature and Ideas Festival (LIFEs) 2017: A few things you need to know!

Three-week-long Salihara’s Literature and Ideas Festival (LIFEs) 2017 is coming up on October 7-28 across various Komunitas Salihara venues in South Jakarta. Before the series of event takes place, check out a few things below. ...