What Media Say


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


May 10, 2006 / Green Left Weekly
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Indonesia’s greatest novelist

Scores of activists and young writers, as well as family members, were at the Karet Bivak cemetery in central Jakarta on April 30. Many were crying, tearful. The loss was felt greatly, a burden. But they rallied their spirits to also sing songs of struggle to farewell the man who they had just laid to rest: Pramoedya Ananta Toer. They sang the Internationale and they sang that most moving of all songs that grew up during the struggle against the 1966-98 Suharto military dictatorship: Darah joang ("Blood of the struggle").
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. ...
Apr 02, 2006 / The Jakarta Post
on Dee Lestari

Dewi ‘Dee’ Lestari: Love, spirituality and ecology

Ask author and singer Dewi Lestari to discuss spirituality and she will explain to you with equal enthusiasm the values of Christianity, Buddhism and Kabbalah. “”It is spirituality that drives me to work and it ...
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 ...