Book Stories


Filmmaker and Novelist Richard Oh to Helm Movie Adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s ‘The Fugitive’

May 17, 2018 / Perburuan
Filmmaker and novelist Richard Oh will be at the helm for a movie adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s classic novel "Perburuan," or "The Fugitive," first published in 1950. Richard has written the script and is set to start filming in July this year. Richard, known for novels such as "The Pathfinders of Love" (1999) and "Heart of the Night" (2000) and films such as "Koper" ("The Lost Suitcase, 2006) and "Melancholy Is a Movement" (2015), revealed his plan during the Jakarta Globe Reading Club's inaugural event on Saturday (12/05) at Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace in Kemang, South Jakarta.

Dian Sastrowardoyo to star in Laksmi Pamuntjak’s book-to-movie adaptation

May 04, 2018 / Aruna & Lidahnya
Renowned actress Dian Sastrowardoyo is set to star in Aruna dan Lidahnya (Aruna and Her Palate), a film based on the Laksmi Pamuntjak book of the same name. Directed by Edwin and penned by Titien Wattimena, the movie is being produced by Palari Films.

Journalist turns tales of undercover reporting, love in Papua into novel

May 04, 2018 / Sentuh Papua, 1500 Miles, 153 Hari, Satu Cinta
A Dutch freelance journalist, Rohan (a pen name), had been interested in the political turmoil in Papua for years. In 2015, his application for a journalistic visa was denied. The 32-year-old then decided to embark on an undercover reporting assignment in the country’s easternmost province. For 153 days, he observed the way local people lived, met with leaders of the secessionist group Free Papua Movement (OPM) in the jungle, enjoyed the beauty of Papua’s nature and met Aprila Russiana Amelia Wayar, or Emil, a local journalist who later became his girlfriend. It was Emil who wrote about Rohan’s adventures in Papua and their love story in the novel Sentuh Papua, 1500 Miles, 153 Hari, Satu Cinta (Touch Papua, 1500 Miles, 153 Days, One Love).

‘Apple and Knife’: a riot of unruly women

May 04, 2018 / Apple and Knife
In her author acknowledgments, Intan Paramaditha thanks “the first disobedient woman” – her mother – who “inspired many of [her] early stories”. Apple and Knife is a riot of disobedient women, including vengeful, neglected wives, prostitutes and saucy dancers, a village abortionist shunned as a witch, and a host of more supernatural, randy and ravenous devil-women.

Lisa Bennett reviews ‘Apple and Knife’ by Intan Paramaditha, translated by Stephen J. Epstein

May 01, 2018 / Apple and Knife
There is an observation in the titular story of Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha’s first collection to be published in English, which can be read as the thematic spine of the book: ‘Sometimes it seemed like there was nothing new to talk about. It was the same old story, repeated over and over, all stitched together.’  This notion can be applied quite literally to the first piece in the collection, ‘The Blind Woman Without a Toe’, a feminist revisionist retelling of Cinderella that treads well-trodden ground. This is a story – told from one stepsister’s viewpoint – that readers of revisionist fairy tales have encountered many times before. It is a rather safe choice to open with such a familiar narrative.

Fiction review: Apple and Knife

Mar 30, 2018 / Apple and Knife
Intan Paramaditha's Apple and Knife, translated from Indonesian for the first time by Stephen J. Epstein, delivers a short sharp suite of tales. It would be tempting to describe the volume as feminist horror, though undercurrents of violence and misogyny, myth and madness don't stop it smouldering with black comedy and flickering into moments of unexpected victory.

Dee Lestari and her most challenging novel yet

Mar 26, 2018 / Aroma Karsa
Aroma Karsa, which is Dee’s 12th novel, tells a story of a young man named Jati Wesi who has an extraordinary sense of smell. Jati’s ability to smell and perceive odors is higher than average, a condition scientifically known as hyperosmia. Ironically, Jati grew up in Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, home to a large waste processing plant that is notorious for its foul smells. Jati works many odd jobs, but the job that he is most proud of is that of perfume maker.

Intan’s books signed by UK publisher

Mar 24, 2018 / Apple and Knife Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu
British publishing company Harvill Secker has signed two books by Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha — short story collection Apple and Knife and a novel in which the readers choose their own narrative path, The Wandering.

‘Fierce and Unconventional’ Intan Paramaditha Signs UK, Commonwealth Book Deals

Mar 23, 2018 / Apple and Knife Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu
Sydney-based Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha has signed a deal with publisher Harvill Secker for her short story collection "Apple and Knife" and experimental novel "The Wandering," a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Thursday (22/03) said. Harvill Secker, an imprint of Vintage, is known to print international literature from around the world. Previous titles include Yuval Noah Harari’s "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" and Haruki Murakami’s "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle." The publishing company’s senior editor Ellie Steel signed the UK and Commonwealth rights for Intan’s two books from Kelly Falconer at Asia Literary Agency.

Indonesian writer’s ‘fierce and unconventional’ fiction to Harvill

Mar 21, 2018 / Apple and Knife Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu
Harvill Secker has acquired two "fierce and unconventional" books from Indonesian writer Intan Paramaditha. It will publish feminist short story collection Apple and Knife in spring 2019 and The Wandering, a novel about displacement where the reader chooses their own narrative path, in 2020. Ellie Steel, senior editor at Harvill Secker, signed UK and Commonwealth rights in both books from Kelly Falconer at Asia Literary Agency.