Book Stories


’27 Days of Heartbreak’: Documenting post-breakup coping process

Sep 11, 2017 / 27 Days of Heartbreak
27 Days of Heartbreak, a uniquely-styled fiction documenting a heartbreak process was launched Sept. 8 at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Plaza Senayan in South Jakarta by Gramedia Pustaka Utama. The book is written by Stella Ang and illustrated by Marisa Santosa.

Love and loss in vanished times

Sep 10, 2017 / The Question of Red: A Novel
Both Indonesia and India share the Mahabharataas a common text, but with differences. The Amba episode in India results in the creation of the first epic transgender Shikhandi whose task is to kill the man who ruined her life.

Author Feby Indirani Extols the Perks of Being Single in New Book

Sep 08, 2017 / 69 Things To Be Grateful About Being Single
In her newly launched book, author Feby Indirani wants to remind people that being single, in this case unmarried, has its many perks – 69 of them to be precise. Published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 69 Things To Be Grateful About Being Single invites single women to smile, contemplate, and also to have fun, because being single is not something to grieve about.

‘Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash’ by Eka Kurniawan (Review)

Sep 07, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
One writer who has had some success is Eka Kurniawan, probably the best-known contemporary Indonesian writer in the Anglosphere. His epic magical-realism novel Beauty is a Wound made the longlist of the Best Translated Book Award in 2016, while Man Tiger was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in the same year. Now he’s back in English with a third novel, and this one’s certainly taking no prisoners. There’s a touch of the usual magic, and a fair amount of sex, but the overwhelming feeling is one of violence…

Mars Noersmono: Surviving a harsh life on Buru Island

Sep 04, 2017 / Bertahan Hidup di Pulau Buru
Mars Noersmono might have a lean physique, grey hair and slightly trembling hands, but the 78-year-old remains strong, despite the soft tone of his speech suggesting otherwise.

Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

Sep 04, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Kurniawan (Beauty Is a Wound) tells the ribald, noir-inflected, and oddly epic story of a man’s quest to regain his sexual virility. Teenage Javanese roughneck Ajo Kawir loses the use of his “little bird” after witnessing the rape of a widow by two soldiers.

‘Anak Rantau’ a story of wounds and forgiveness

Aug 28, 2017 / Anak Rantau
Fans of Ahmad Fuadi’s work can now add his newly released book, Anak Rantau (Wandering Kid), to their bookshelf. It has been four years since Ahmad Fuadi’s last book, Rantau 1 Muara (The Estuary of Wander), was published.

Five Books You Need To Read This Month: August

Aug 24, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by a cover, but what about its title? Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash is the third novel in translation from Indonesian author Ela Kurniawan, and a serious contender for best title of 2017. The novel follows the story of Ajo Kawir, a lower-class Javanese teenager, who witnesses a horrific rape of a beautiful woman in his home village, with the event leaving him traumatised and impotent. The novel is pulpy and gritty, but not without humour, despite its sometimes dark themes.

‘Relax, It’s Just Religion,’ Says Indonesian Author

Aug 23, 2017 / Bukan Perawan Maria
Indirani’s new book, “Bukan Perawan Maria,” urges readers to differentiate between religion as a path and the truth as the destination. A collection of 19 short stories, the book encourages the use of humor, and not passion, in responding to social and political issues related to religion.

Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan — street fighter

Aug 18, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Jakarta street fighter Ajo Kawir has one big problem. Or, you might say, one little one. He is impotent. It’s spelt out in the second sentence of Eka Kurniawan’s novel and expounded regularly over the following pages.