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Nov 08, 2017

Eka Kurniawan: Writing fearlessly




From a prostitute returning from the dead, a monkey dreaming of being a human to a man tragically finding himself impotent, award winning author Eka Kurniawan talks about politics, history, crime, sex and philosophy in a witty way. For Eka, his books are like his babies, including his third novel, Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash. Vengeance the English version of Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas, which was first published in 2014 in Indonesia.

Nov 03, 2017 Bringing back tolerance through arts, reading
Oct 30, 2017 A roar for nature in Indonesia: Q&A with the poet behind ‘Indigenous Species’

Book Story

Nov 13, 2017

Intan Paramaditha’s ‘Gentayangan’ crosses many borders

You yearn to travel, but never have. It’s too expensive, so you’re stuck here — in Indonesia, at your boring job teaching English, despite never having stepped foot in an English-speaking country. You’ve tried to find fulfillment in romance, but your boyfriends have all been losers. Meanwhile, your sister’s doing well: she has a successful husband, two cute kids, and runs her own Islamic fashion business. That’s fine for her, but it’s not the life you want for yourself. Not at all. What choice does a gal have but to cut a deal with the devil? So that’s exactly what you, the protagonist of Gentayangan, do.

Nov 06, 2017 One for fans of Tarantino-type violence
Nov 03, 2017 Sapardi Djoko Damono’s ‘Hujan Bulan Juni’ translated into Mandarin

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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. ...