What Media Say

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

Nov 16, 2008 / The Jakarta Post
on Azhari Aiyub

Azhari: The author of Aceh

Melancholia has always been close to Acehnese writer Azhari. During the oppressive military occupation in his homeland, he voiced his people’s woes through short stories. The sad events during the war between the military and ...
Sep 27, 2008 / The Jakarta Post
on Hamsad Rangkuti

Hamsad Rangkuti: Long journey of a short-story master

There was no library in Kisaran, North Sumatra, where Hamsad Rangkuti, the recipient of the Southeast Asian Writers Award 2008, lived as a child. As he could not afford to buy newspapers, and so visited the local administration's office to read the Sunday editions of local newspapers that were put on the wall. There he read the works of journalists and authors, including great Russian and American authors like Anton Chekov, Maxim Gorky, Ernest Hemingway and O. Henry, who incited his interest in becoming a writer.
Aug 21, 2008 / The Jakarta Post
on Clara Ng

Clara Ng: Writing for women and children

Avoiding stereotypes in her literary work, writer Clara Ng portrays women — the gender of almost all of the main characters in her books — as a non-single entity. Clara, who has penned eight novels, ...
Jul 06, 2008 / The Jakarta Post
on Ayu Utami

Ayu Utami: Explores her spiritual side

Celebrated author Ayu Utami shares her thoughts on her latest book, Bilangan Fu (The Fu Numeral), at her house in Central Jakarta. She moves fluidly between subjects, from critical spiritualism to rock climbing and her ...
May 11, 2008 / The Jakarta Post
on Dina Oktaviani

Dina Oktaviani: The lost biography of a young poet

City lights picked me up/and we tried to forget all the things/that had shredded the solitude back in that room//we may never understand/why old calendars/could change history/as easily and quickly as a highway rush How ...
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.
Jul 14, 2007 / Inside Indonesia
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Writing to the world

With the death of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, world literature mourns one of its greatest writers. Within Indonesia and internationally, obituaries, memorials, and reflections have already awarded him the posthumous recognition as a writer of world literature that was denied him during his lifetime, in the form of the Nobel Prize for Literature. It will take much longer, however, to come to terms with the full significance of Pramoedya’s achievements, from the early stories about the period of the Indonesian independence struggle up to the monumental historical novels that emerged from the period of his internment on Buru Island under Suharto’s New Order. Encompassing both the formation and the dismantling of Third World revolutionary nationalism, Pramoedya’s personal, literary, and historical experience registers the seismic shock-effects of twentieth century decolonisation.