What Media Say

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

Dec 09, 2007 / South China Morning Post
on Nukila Amal

Notes from a dream

A period of chaos often gives birth to an artistic renaissance – at least that seems to have been the case in Indonesia. The religious and ethnic conflicts following the collapse of Suharto’s iron-fisted regime ...
Dec 01, 2007 / EBSCOhost Connection
on Djenar Maesa Ayu

‘Shattered families’: ‘transgression’, cosmopolitanism and experimental form in the fiction of Djenar Maesa Ayu

RIMA: Review of Indonesian & Malaysian Affairs; 2007, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p95 Academic Journal The article focuses on the themes used in the works of Djener Maesa Ayu. The author mentions that Ayu became ...
Nov 10, 2007 / The Jakarta Post
on Korrie Layun Rampan (1953-2015)

Korrie Layun Rampan: Kalimantan wordsmith turns politician

Three years of working as a politician in his homeland of West Kutai, East Kalimantan, has not let the attention of novelist Korrie Layun Rampan, one of the nation’s most well known short story writers ...
Jul 22, 2007 / Inside Indonesia
on Mochtar Lubis (1922-2004)

Mochtar Lubis

By any measure, Mochtar Lubis was impressive. A mostly self-educated Mandailinger, he was tall, handsome, urbane, and articulate in several languages. Always controversial, Mochtar was one of Indonesia’s most respected journalists and best-known authors for over four decades.
Apr 01, 2007 / J STOR
on Ayu Utami

Reading Ayu Utami: Notes toward a Study of Trauma and the Archive in Indonesia

Evaluating postcolonial novels as situated testimonies, this essay looks at the way violence and trauma haunt Indonesian historical and literary archives in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. I show how literary works offer ...
Mar 18, 2007 / South China Morning Post
on Laksmi Pamuntjak

Laksmi’s international musings frame the colour of Indonesian life

It’s easy to think that writing literature is merely Laksmi Pamuntjak’s latest quest in life. After all, she has transformed herself from being a classical pianist to a political columnist, food critic and founder of ...
Jun 17, 2006 / Qantara
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Indonesian Author Leaves Blueprint for Pluralism

Pramoedya Ananta Toer, once considered Asia’s most promising candidate for a Nobel Prize in literature, has recently died, aged 81, still unknown to many in his homeland. The great writer is now in danger of ...
Apr 30, 2006 / The New York Times
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Obituary: Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies

Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, an outspoken democracy advocate who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died Sunday. He was 81. Pramoedya “dedicated his whole life to ...
Apr 30, 2006 / The Sydney Morning Herald
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies

Indonesia’s best-known author, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, died today, the family said. Pramoedya, known for his anti-colonial novels and long history of persecution by past regimes, had been suffering respiratory problems and chest pains in recent ...
Apr 13, 2006 / Qantara
on Agus R Sarjono

Martin Jankowski and Agus R. Sarjono: Cross-Cultural Synergies

The poets Martin Jankowski und Agus R. Sarjono come from two utterly different worlds. By giving public readings together in Germany and Indonesia, they hope to provide each other the opportunity to reach new audiences. ...