What Media Says


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


Jun 06, 1999 / Jakarta Post
on Remy Sylado

For Remy Sylado, 23761 are the Magic Notes

Everything. He speaks intelligently about theater and poetry. He can givea scholarly analysis about Indonesian music, then he will switch to a deep discussion on theology. Next, it's film, sociology, history, you name it. Sylado speaks eloquently on a wide range of topics, from Sitti Nurbaya to The Beatles. The man is clearly a walking encyclopedia of arts and humanities.
Apr 12, 1999 / The Progressive
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Pramoedya Ananta Toer Interview

Pramoedya Ananta Toer is the preeminent novelist of Indonesia and is frequently mentioned as a candidate for a Nobel Prize. Born on February 1, 1925, on the island of Java, Pramoedya was brought up to be an Indonesian nationalist. From 1947 to 1949, he was imprisoned by the Dutch for possessing anti-colonial materials. A supporter of Indonesia’s first president, the nationalist and nonaligned leader Sukarno, Pramoedya was a marked man when General Suharto seized power in September 1965. On the evening of October 13, 1965, Pramoedya was at home editing a collection of Sukarno’s short stories when the military came for him. He spent most of the Suharto era behind bars without trial, including fourteen years at the Buru Island Prison Colony. For the first few years there, he was held with sixteen other prisoners in isolation from the other inmates.
Apr 24, 1998 / Asia Week
on Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Fighting Words

Neither prison nor the passing of years has weakened Pramoedya Ananta Toer's passion for justice in Indonesia. To have one of his books in your possession is to invite a stiff jail sentence. Even so, Pramoedya Ananta Toer views the outlawing of his work with pride. "Every book that is banned is a badge of honor," he says. Others think so too -- copies of his work are circulated widely, but clandestinely in Indonesia. Toer smiles and takes another puff of the clove cigarettes that never seem to leave his hand. The soft-spoken grandfather is a thorn in the side of President Suharto's New Order government, and has been for decades.
Jul 19, 1996 / UCANEWS
on Y. B. Mangunwijaya

Novelist, social activist priest, receives Dutch literary award

Father Yusuf Bilyarta Mangunwijaya, has received the 1996 Netherlands-based "Professor Teeuw Award" in recognition of his contributions to Indonesian literature and culture. Father Mangunwijaya, 67, a Semarang archdiocesan priest in Yogyakarta, Central Java, is known as a novelist, columnist, educator, architect and social worker, and has received several national and international awards. The Teeuw award was presented to him May 15 in Jakarta by the man it is named after, Andries Teeuw, a Dutch linguist highly regarded for his role in promoting Indonesian literature. The award announcement came two days earlier.