What Media Say


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


Jun 12, 2016 / The Straits Times
on Eka Kurniawan

‘Indonesia is a country that comes from blood’

Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan’s reverse whodunnit mixes murder mystery with family drama and myth and was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. Eka Kurniawan made literary history this year as the first Indonesian author ...
Jun 06, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Budi Darma

Budi Darma: A Humble Living Legend

Author Budi Darma never thinks about putting down his writing pen. Budi says that in the past he often lied when asked about his age. “When I was 71, I said I was 17. When ...
Jun 03, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Laksmi Pamuntjak

Laksmi Pamuntjak wins international award for female authors

Poet and writer Laksmi Pamuntjak won on Friday this year’s LiBeraturpreis, a German literary award sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair, for her novel Amba. Laksmi won the prize after securing the most votes from ...
May 28, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Getting Personal: Seno Gumira Ajidarma Into the Twilight

“In this world, everybody is busy talking without ever listening to the words of others. People talk without caring if others are listening. People don’t even care about their own words.” This is a line from the short story “A Slice of Twilight For My Girlfriend”, describing the maelstrom of disconnection that characterizes this world. The story was written by Seno Gumira Ajidarma, one of Indonesia’s foremost writers working today. The story was one of three read aloud by actors at Galeri Indonesia Kaya in Central Jakarta recently to mark the re-launch of a collection of Seno’s short stories, also titled A Slice of Twilight For My Girlfriend, first published in 2002.
May 03, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Aan Mansyur, M.

Aan Mansyur: All poems are love poems

Writer Aan Mansyur exposed himself to literary books when he was very young and found his passion later in his life. Love changed the path of time/Because of love time divided into two/With you and ...
Mar 10, 2016 / The Jakarta Globe
on Eka Kurniawan

Author Eka Kurniawan in the Running for Man Booker International Prize

Indonesian author of “Man Tiger” Eka Kurniwan is among 13 selected authors to make the Man Booker Dozen, the longlist for the 2016 Man Booker International award. “Man Tiger,” translated by former features writer for ...
Feb 22, 2016 / The Jakarta Post
on Dee Lestari

Guess what?: Dewi happy, sad about final novel

Author Dewi “Dee” Lestari says she has mixed feelings as the sixth and final novel in her “Supernova” series, entitled Inteligensi Embun Pagi (Morning Dew Intelligence), will be out soon.
Jan 28, 2016 / Indonesia at Melbourne
on Lily Yulianti Farid

Talking Indonesia: promoting Indonesian culture through literature

Compared to other Asian countries, Indonesian literature is not well known internationally. But this finally seems to be changing: last year Indonesia was guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade ...
Jan 28, 2016 / Electric Literature
on Eka Kurniawan

Eka Kurniawan on Indonesia and Magical Realism

Eka Kurniawan’s debut novel Beauty is a Wound (New Directions, 2015) begins with Dewi Ayu, a stunning Dutch-Indonesian brothel madam, walking out of her grave twenty-one years after her demise. The novel proceeds with a ...
Jan 26, 2016 / VersoBooks Blog
on Eka Kurniawan

A round-up of the critical response to Eka Kurniawan and his writing

It was through Anderson that we were introduced to Eka Kurniawan, “Indonesia’s most original living writer of novels and short stories, and its most unexpected meteorite.” His overview—posted in its entirety here—attests to the epochal ...