What Media Say


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


May 31, 2013 / The Jakarta Post
on Afrizal Malna

Afrizal Malna: Encountering poet

Afrizal Malna’s phrasing in his poems is often obtuse. But, arguably, they are also simple and clear statements of encounters between an author’s fragmented consciousness with an equally fragmented urban environment. The title he has ...
Nov 19, 2012 / Nation Multimedia
on Oka Rusmini

Interview: Gender facts in fiction

Indonesia’s SEA Write laureate Oka Rusmini champions feminist cause For restless Balinese writer Oka Rusmini, the fight for feminism is far from over. “Many people think that in Indonesia, feminism has succeeded in the form ...
Oct 10, 2012 / The Wall Street Journal
on Andrea Hirata

Indonesian Writer Targets New Market: America

One of Indonesia’s most popular writers is about to find out if a book about a remote Indonesian island can be a hit in America. “The Rainbow Troops,” by Indonesian writer Andrea Hirata, is an autobiographical novel that describes the hardships endured by a group of impoverished children on the remote Belitung island, off the southern tip of Sumatra, which is also known as Belitong or Billiton. More importantly, it tells how they managed to lift themselves up out of their tough upbringings in pursuit of their dreams, in no small part due to two inspiring teachers who remained dedicated despite paltry wages and lack of state funds to maintain the children’s collapsing school.
Oct 06, 2012 / The Jakarta Post
on Ayu Utami

Ayu Utami: On the fine line between audacity and honesty

Times have certainly changed since celebrated writer Ayu Utami released her first novel Saman, which has always been associated with numerous superlatives in the vein of “bold” and “groundbreaking” since its first publication in 1998. ...
Aug 02, 2012 / Mondiaal Nieuws
on Ayu Utami

Indonesian writer Ayu Utami: ‘Love is still the name of the game’

She turned down a career as a model because she didn’t like make-up. She lost her job as a journalist because she refused to back down in face of the censorship of the Suharto military ...
Aug 01, 2012 / Warscapes
on Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Violence in the Writings of Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Seno Gumira Ajidarma (b.1958) is one of Indonesia’s most prominent and productive writers with some 30 books published since the 1980s. His writings cover journalism, novels, short stories, essays and academic studies. Three of Seno’s ...
Jul 13, 2012 / The Jakarta Globe
on Khairani Barokka

My Jakarta: Khairani ‘Okka’ Barokka, Writer-Performer

Khairani Barokka, or Okka, is an inspirational example of the ‘do what you love and the rest will follow’ way of life. With her passion and love for poetry and the performing arts, she created and organized the first live-streamed spoken word event in Indonesia. The same spirit also motivates her advocacy work in inclusive arts, so that people with and without disabilities can work together and create amazing art.
Jul 08, 2012 / Warscapes
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

On Pramoedya Ananta Toer

For the larger part of his writing career, Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, (1925–2006) was considered by literary critics, both Indonesian and foreign, to be one of the most—if not the most—important writer this country ...
Jun 28, 2012 / The Jakarta Post
on Agus Noor Yanusa Nugroho

Agus Noor, Yanusa Nugroho win ‘Kompas’ Best Short Story award

In the ceremony, held on Thursday evening at the Bentara Budaya Jakarta in Central Jakarta in conjunction with Kompas' 37th anniversary, the judges chose writer Agus Noor’s Kunang-Kunang di Langit Jakarta (Fireflies in Jakarta’s Sky) and Yanusa Nugroho’s Salawat Dedaunan (Chanting from the Leaves) to be the evening’s winning pair.
May 23, 2012 / Latitudes
on Ayu Utami

Indonesian Writer & Activist Ayu Utami: ‘I love Indonesia with Pain in my Heart’

Questioning politics, human behavior and her own religion made Ayu Utami into a taboo breaking writer, journalist and activist. She gained instant success with her groundbreaking debut ‘Saman’, that was published just before the fall ...