What Media Say

Indonesian writers as seen on English/foreign-language media. See also Media Clippings.

May 19, 2017 / Kitaab
on Eka Kurniawan

The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Eka Kurniawan

My latest book Beauty Is a Wound (Annie Tucker) was published last year ( and in India by Speaking Tiger). As I’ve already published four novels, I think it’s time for me to take a break for a while. I don’t want my act of writing to be kind of mechanical. I want to recreate my appetite, to be hungry again. So, nowadays I only read books, meet people, travel here and there, and maybe do something that has no relation with literature at all like gardening.
Apr 30, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Remembering the legacy of Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Pramoedya Ananta Toer – who died on this day, April 30, eleven years ago – did not recede into benevolent old age nor fade gently away. In his last years, and indeed, since his final release ...
Apr 27, 2017 / The Jakarta Globe
on Putu Oka Sukanta

Putu Oka Sukanta Hopes New Book Will Reveal Truth Behind 1965 Tragedy

Despite his advanced age, the 78-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. With his latest book, he feels that he carries a responsibility to reveal the truth about the 1965 tragedy so the people, especially younger generations could learn from it. "My goal is actually very simple. I just want to establish an equal society, despite the differences. These victims and their families are part of our history and they deserve to be known and recognized by society," Putu said.
Apr 19, 2017 / Disability Visibility Project
on Khairani Barokka

Interview with writer/artist Khairani Barokka

How do we make literature more accessible in terms of different audiences including the actual format of prose/poetry? Khairani: This really is the question, isn’t it? I think we should pay writers more and fund ...
Apr 10, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Chairil Anwar (1922-1949)

Poet Chairil Anwar promoted to become national hero

Writers from West Sumatra have proposed renowned poet Chairil Anwar to be awarded a national hero title for his contributions to Indonesian literature. The head of the forum of Chairil Anwar’s national hero nomination, Gus TF Sakai, said Sunday that Chairil deserved ...
Mar 27, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

Reviving Sapardi Djoko Damono’s legacy

No one can deny that Sapardi Djoko Damono is the pioneer of lyrical poetry in Indonesia and one of the country’s greatest poets. His works have been re-published multiple times, shining a light for literature ...
Mar 24, 2017 / Kitaab
on Laksmi Pamuntjak

The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Laksmi Pamuntjak

I write because it’s the one thing I know how to do. It’s a need and a sickness, a weapon of struggle and an instrument of grace. It’s work and leisure, a way of life. ...
Mar 23, 2017 / The Jakarta Globe
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

Time is Transient, Sapardi’s Poems Are Eternal

Age is just a number to 77-year-old prominent poet Sapardi Djoko Damono. His poetry speaks not only to fellow men of letters, but also to common readers of all generations, who are moved by the depth of ...
Feb 27, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Chairil Anwar (1922-1949)

Riri Riza plans to make film on Chairil Anwar

Filmmaker Riri Riza has revealed his plan to create a film on the life story of renowned Indonesian poet Chairil Anwar. “Actually, we have a plan [to make a movie about ] Chairil Anwar,” he ...
Feb 06, 2017 / Al Jazeera English
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Why you should know him

Pramoedya or “Pram” – a hero of Indonesia’s anti-colonial movement and a champion of human rights and freedom of speech – was born on February 6, 1925, in the poor Javanese town of Blora. He died in ...