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

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 by noted poet Chairil Anwar.
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 ...
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.