Book Stories


Jazz, Perfume and the Incident

Apr 19, 2015 / Jazz, Perfume & the Incident
The three subjects around which Jazz, Perfume and the Incident is constructed are, indeed, those of the title. If the first two are, more or less, universal and could easily be similarly woven into many ...

Supernova by Dewi Lestari

Mar 23, 2015 / Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star
Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star is the first in the (otherwise still untranslated) ‘Supernova’-series; indeed, the novel’s closing words and promise are: “THE BEGINNING”. It stands alone well enough, however — ...

Kitab Omong Kosong (The Book of Nonsense) by Seno Gumira Ajidarma

Jan 14, 2015 / Kitab Omong Kosong
Kitab Omong Kosong is a sort-of-philosophical-fiction book, written in Indonesian language. This is my first difficult (and most challanging) Indonesian novel that I attempted to read. It revolves around five theories about the worlds, each ...

I, Indonesia

Dec 24, 2014 / Dari Kirara untuk Seekor Gagak Kepada Apakah Perempuan Bernama Arjuna Semua Untuk Hindia Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas
In a stellar year for the country’s politics, the literary scene illuminated modern Indonesian voices that rebelled against ideological convictions and social constructs. This year, two presidential candidates raced in a fierce competition that magnified ...

Author Laksmi Pamuntjak Recounts Culinary Spice of Life

Nov 27, 2014 / Aruna & Lidahnya
The Aksara bookstore at Jakarta’s Pacific Place mall was decked out for a celebration of Indonesian cuisine. In one corner, a photo of the pempek fish cakes doused in vinegar sauce from South Sumatra’s provincial ...

A Tale of Traveling Tastebuds in Laksmi Pamuntjak’s Latest Novel

Nov 18, 2014 / Aruna & Lidahnya
Indonesian novelist Laksmi Pamuntjak’s newest book “Aruna and Her Palate” is about the relationships we form with food told through the eyes of a food-loving epidemiologist who specializes in avian flu. From beginning to end, ...

9 dari Nadira (9 from Nadira) by Leila S. Chudori – Part 2

Nov 16, 2014 / 9 dari Nadira
I debated whether or not I should write another post for Leila S. Chudori’s 9 dari Nadira (9 from Nadira). After reading my initial review for it, I felt like I really should. I didn’t ...

9 dari Nadira (9 from Nadira) by Leila S. Chudori

Nov 10, 2014 / 9 dari Nadira
Leila S. Chudori has been a figure in Indonesia’s literary landscape for almost forty years now. She became a published author at the tender age of twelve (!!!), having written children’s shorts for Indonesian magazines. ...

What “Bule Hunters” Want

Aug 29, 2014 / Bule Hunter: Kisah Para Perempuan Pemburu Bule
Indonesian women who have Western partners or husbands are often met with negative, sometimes harsh judgment from people around them, from gold diggers to exotic-looking harlots. ​When you see an Indonesian woman with brown complexion ...

Remy Sylado’s “Perempuan Bernama Arjuna” book review

Aug 05, 2014 / Perempuan Bernama Arjuna
“Thousands of years ago, The Chinese has been written about the knowledge of yin and yang. They believe that the two forces of yin and yang, manifested through any series of human organs, the lungs, ...