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Oct 16, 2017

Ratih Kumala: An instinctive, detailed storyteller




Pursuing a career as a writer requires a lot of energy and persistence, according to novelist-scriptwriter Ratih Kumala. Suppose you are walking to an Indonesian restaurant with a friend. You both sit at a table before taking a glimpse at bottles of sarsaparilla and kerupuk(deep fried crackers) sitting atop it. You might not think too deeply about them. That is not the case for novelist, short story writer and scriptwriter Ratih Kumala, who said that she had a penchant for developing stories from small, often trivialized things, such as the objects that were sitting on our table during an interview in mid-September.

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Oct 04, 2017 Community Spotlight: Innosanto Nagara

Book Story

Oct 09, 2017

Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is a standout title, but falls flat

There’s something very appealing about translated fiction these days. Whether it’s because more amazing novels from other languages are being translated than ever before, or whether the quality of those translations is better than it is ever has been is something an expert would need to weigh in on. I can only comment on my reading experience as an avid reader.

Sep 28, 2017 Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash review: Eka Kurniawan’s pulp dark comedy
Sep 21, 2017 Eka Kurniawan’s Sweeping and Crackling “Beauty is a Wound”: Magic Realism from Indonesia

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Oct 09, 2017

Politics on poets’ mind

A poem is not just a bunch of words. Poems have the power to shift our political consciousness, make strong statements and trigger a movement. Poems can shake the world.

Oct 08, 2017

Max Lane brings millennial generation closer to works of Pramoedya

A discussion with Max Lane analysing Pramoedya and his Buru Quartet — a series of four novels that have gained acclaim throughout the world — was held recently in the grounds of the Malang State University (UNM) Library Cafe in East Java.

Oct 06, 2017

Weekly Dispatches from the Frontlines of World Literature – October 6, 2017

October will become one of the busiest months for literature scene in Indonesia. Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), which will feature more than 150 speakers over five days, announced their official schedule this week, and a biennale Literature and Ideas Festival (LIFEs) is currently being held in Salihara, not to mention the Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT)’s 10th Annual Gathering in Bali taking place three days before UWRF.

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 ...

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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. ...