What Media Say

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

Feb 01, 2017 / Tupelo Quarterly
on Saut Situmorang

The Language of Our Dreams

Indonesia has hundreds of ethnic groups and ethnic languages spread out in over 13000 islands. In our national language, that is Indonesian, we call our country “nusantara” which means archipelago. It is an old word/concept ...
Jan 30, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Radhar Panca Dahana

Radhar Panca Dahana: Uncovering dirty politics layer by layer

There is an old adage that says “politics is the art of telling the truth but not the whole truth.” It is a very famous saying among seasoned politicians and it clearly depicts what politics ...
Jan 21, 2017 / Indian Express, The
on Eka Kurniawan

Reading Suharto, Quran, Mahabharata and Ramayana

“Almost all the characters in my novels and their stories basically come from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.” In India to attend the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, Eka Kurniawan, 41, Indonesia’s newest literary sensation, speaks ...
Dec 14, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Putu Oka Sukanta

Putu Oka Sukanta wins Human Rights Education award

The Melbourne-based Herb Feith Foundation has awarded the Human Rights Education Award to an Indonesian writer and activist. Putu Oka Sukanta, 77, has been named the foundation’s inaugural award recipient for his “significant contribution to ...
Dec 01, 2016 / The Jakarta Globe
on Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan Short Story Inspires Harry Dagoe’s Latest Film ‘Sunya’

Filmmaker Harry Dagoe Suharyadi found inspiration for his latest drama “Sunya,” screened at the Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival in Yogyakarta on Wednesday (30/11), after reading a short story by Eka Kurniawan. The short story, “Jimat Sero” (“Talisman”), was ...
Aug 21, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Afrizal Malna

Poet Afrizal Malna turns down Bakrie award

Noted poet and writer Afrizal Malna has turned down the 2016 Achmad Bakrie Award for literature, saying he did not want to be associated with the Bakrie family’s group of businesses. “That means I would ...
Aug 17, 2016 / Tempo English
on Chairil Anwar (1922-1949)

Enduring and Enigmatic Chairil Anwar

Every year, when we celebrate Independence Day, we always need Chairil Anwar, who was boorish but produced brilliant and new works. His poems are read from Meulaboh to Merauke. Chairil Anwar is like a part ...
Aug 16, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Chairil Anwar (1922-1949)

‘Merayakan Chairil Anwar’ celebrates Indonesia’s independence with poetry

In conjunction with Indonesia’s independence day, Tempo held an event called Merayakan Chairil Anwar (Celebrating Chairil Anwar) as part of the TerasBudaya event on Monday. Prominent figures including ministers, government officials and celebrities attended the event to read iconic poems written ...
Jul 04, 2016 / Words Without Borders
on Tia Setiadi

The City and the Writer: In Yogyakarta, Indonesia with Tia Setiadi

If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it ...
Jun 29, 2016 / Southeast Asia Globe
on Oka Rusmini

Southeast Asia’s best poets

From embracing the avant garde in Myanmar to exploring Balinese strictures, the region’s best poets are often a bold voice in opposition to the status quo Oka Rusmini Raised in cosmopolitan Jakarta, award-winning poet and ...