What Media Say


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


Mar 05, 2006 / South China Morning Post
on Ayu Utami

Leader of the flak

NEARLY EIGHT YEARS since Saman was published in Indonesia, taking the book world there by storm, Ayu Utami has seen immense changes in her life. Once an unknown journalist, her debut novel has sold more ...
Sep 16, 2005 / The Jakarta Post
on Budi Darma

Polite teacher views human absurdity

After sinking themselves in the dark, absurd and insane world of Budi Darma's novel Olenka and short-story collection Orang-orang Bloomington, some readers made the trip to meet the author in person. They all returned with the same news: Budi Darma is -- to an almost disappointing level -- a polite man.
Sep 04, 2005 / The Jakarta Post
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

Sapardi’s words pull in new generations

Veteran poet Sapardi Djoko Damono is as cool right now as he was 10, 20 and 30 years ago. Earlier this month on the night of the launch of his latest book, Before Dawn, the young and sexy actress, Cornelia Agatha, asked if she could pose with him for a picture. But the starlet, who usually has throngs of fans wanting to stand next to her, had to wait her turn -- Sapardi had a long line of well-wishers.
May 27, 2000 / The New York Times
on Ayu Utami

A Young Novelist Challenges Indonesia’s Taboos

For Indonesia, 1998 was a time of two revolutions, political and cultural. Suharto’s downfall and the subsequent election of President Abdurrahman Wahid received worldwide attention, but no one outside noticed the appearance of “Saman,” a ...
Jun 20, 1999 / Prospect Magazine UK
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Pramoedya

Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesia’s leading novelist, was jailed for 14 years under Suharto’s New Order. Before the June elections, he reflects on Indonesian politics and writer’s block. If you ask Pramoedya Ananta Toer what has ...
Jun 06, 1999 / The Jakarta Post
on Remy Sylado

For Remy Sylado, 23761 are the Magic Notes

Everything. He speaks intelligently about theater and poetry. He can givea scholarly analysis about Indonesian music, then he will switch to a deep discussion on theology. Next, it's film, sociology, history, you name it. Sylado speaks eloquently on a wide range of topics, from Sitti Nurbaya to The Beatles. The man is clearly a walking encyclopedia of arts and humanities.
Apr 24, 1998 / Asia Week
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Fighting Words

Neither prison nor the passing of years has weakened Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s passion for justice in Indonesia. To have one of his books in your possession is to invite a stiff jail sentence. Even so, ...