What Media Say

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

Mar 23, 2017 / The Jakarta Globe
on Sapardi Djoko Damono

Time is Transient, Sapardi’s Poems Are Eternal

Age is just a number to 77-year-old prominent poet Sapardi Djoko Damono. His poetry speaks not only to fellow men of letters, but also to common readers of all generations, who are moved by the depth of ...
Feb 27, 2017 / The Jakarta Post
on Chairil Anwar (1922-1949)

Riri Riza plans to make film on Chairil Anwar

Filmmaker Riri Riza has revealed his plan to create a film on the life story of renowned Indonesian poet Chairil Anwar. “Actually, we have a plan [to make a movie about ] Chairil Anwar,” he ...
Feb 06, 2017 / Al Jazeera English
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer (1925-2006)

Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Why you should know him

Pramoedya or “Pram” – a hero of Indonesia’s anti-colonial movement and a champion of human rights and freedom of speech – was born on February 6, 1925, in the poor Javanese town of Blora. He died in ...
Feb 01, 2017 / Tupelo Quarterly

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 ...