What Media Say

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

Oct 09, 2011 / The Jakarta Globe
on John Waromi

Giving West Papua Its Own Voice

A fresh and authentic voice in contemporary Indonesian verse, John is a 51-year-old Serui man from the islands south of Biak, West Papua. He writes in Indonesian, using words from indigenous Papuan languages as he sees fit. “Sulur-Sulur Sali,” John said, referred to the lengths of grass used to make Papuan highlander women’s frocks.
Sep 20, 2011 / The Jakarta Globe
on A. Fuadi

Author Ahmad Fuadi is Living the Dream

For Ahmad Fuadi, author of the “Negeri 5 Menara” (“The Land of Five Towers”) novel trilogy, life is an adventure. Fuadi’s life, on which the trilogy is based, has taken him from a small village ...
Aug 07, 2011 / The Brunei Times
on Achdiat K Mihardja (1911-2010)

Achdiat Mihardja – author of Atheis

ATHEIS (The Atheist) is a masterpiece of the Indonesian literary history. The novel was published in 1949 and written by Achdiat Karta Mihardja, an Indonesian author of the 45 generation, a generation that was creative around and after the independence of the republic between 1942-1966. Achdiat was a contemporary of Indonesian poets, authors and journalists such as Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Chairil Anwar, Asrul Sani, Idrus, Mochtar Lubis, etc. Despite its controversy, Atheis has been studied not only in Indonesian schools and universities but also in the other regional countries, including Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Even in several Indonesian blogs, focusing on the Indonesian literary, many young people actively discuss the novel. In addition, it has been translated into English and is included among UNESCO’s collection of representative works.
Jul 25, 2011 / The Jakarta Globe
on Dee Lestari

Dewi ‘Dee’ Lestari Finds Her Freedom

Dewi Lestari, known to her fans as Dee, is an explorer of the creative world. The singer, novelist and mother of two is always willing to try new things, from yoga and meditation to bread-making ...
Dec 20, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Ucu Agustin

Ucu Agustin: Small but powerful

“A petite woman who can pack a fair punch” seems like the best way to describe film director Ucu Agustin, the talented director behind some of Indonesia’s greatest documentaries. Ucu’s frame may appear small and ...
Oct 25, 2010 / Others
on Dee Lestari

Dee: Inspiring and Intriguing

It has been a chilling week here in Taipei. Rainy, and the temperature is getting steady below 30 degree Celsius. It makes me lazy to wake up and get out to lab (haha~). Drizzling and ...
Oct 18, 2010 / The Jakarta Globe
on Claudia Natasia

Indonesian Novelist Spreads Her Youthful Wings

Claudia Natasia, 17, may seem like just any other student at the Sekolah Pelita Harapan International School where she is currently enrolled. But at a young age, she has managed to achieve what others can ...
Jul 25, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Andrea Hirata

Andrea Hirata: Savoring a taste of home

Novelist Andrea Hirata says that spending hours hanging out in coffee shops in his home village Gantung, Belitung, has given him a lot of ideas for his books. That is why he likes to spend ...
Jul 19, 2010 / The Jakarta Post
on Reda Gaudiamo

Reda Gaudiamo: Behind glossy magazines

Reda Gaudiamo grew up reading magazines. Even before she started school, Reda’s mother bought her the classic children’s magazine Si Kuncung. In the second grade, she read the first edition of Kawanku. In the fourth ...
Jul 11, 2010 / The Jakarta Globe
on Clara Ng

My Jakarta: Clara Ng, Writer

Clara Ng has published about 40 books, from complex novels to easy-to-read pop trilogies, but she is best known for her fairy tales, with some of her more popular works having been translated into English. Clara’s newest book, “Dongeng Tujuh Menit” (“The Seven-Minute Tales”), will be released this year. Today, she talks about the benefits of daydreaming and explains why parents shouldn’t worry if their children have an imaginary friend.