Book Stories

At the borderlands

Apr 01, 2017 / Currently & Emotion: Translations
Much of the collaborative or intersemiotic work in Currently & Emotion is supported by a feminist epistemology of ‘emotion’, which advocates “sharing, trust, responsibility, bodies, process and the absence of hierarchy over dominant, culturally masculine traits that ...

Melipat Jarak: Sepilihan Sajak

Mar 29, 2017 / Melipat Jarak: Sepilihan Sajak
Melipat Jarak: Sepilihan Sajak comprises Sapardi Djoko Damono’s selected poems written and published between 1998 and 2015. Quite different from Hujan Bulan Juni, his other book of selected poems released back in 2014, this one’s central theme ...

“Cigarette Girl” by Ratih Kumala

Mar 14, 2017 / Cigarette Girl
Redolent of the ubiquitous Indonesian kreteks, Cigarette Girl follows three generations of two Javanese families from the time of the Dutch surrender to the Japanese in 1942, via the crackdown on the communists and the massacres of 1965, ...

Indonesian Local Culture in Literature: Past and Present

Feb 16, 2017 / Puya ke Puya Sitti Nurbaya: Kasih Tak Sampai
Not so long ago I had a chance to read two Indonesian books, one is a classic and one is contemporary, which are heavily laden with cultural values and traditions: Sitti Nurbaya by Marah Rusli, ...

‘Manusia Istana’: More than just a poetry reading

Feb 03, 2017 / Manusia Istana
Poetry readings are usually solemn with hardly any dramatization from the readers. Their main focus is usually on the artistic delivery of the poems alone. That’s why poetry readings usually appeal only to those who ...

The most anticipated books of 2017

Feb 03, 2017 / Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
Those who loved Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is A Wound will be pleased to see that Text are also publishing his novel about inequality, police violence, and impotence, Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, in July.

Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas describes life’s irony through fireworks

Jan 29, 2017 / Kota Ini Kembang Api
Written by the co-founder of the BungaMatahari (BuMa) poetry community Gratiagusti Chananya “Anya” Rompas and published in 2016, Kota ini Kembang Api (This City is Fireworks) is said to be a poetry book that represents the irony of light and darkness in life. Unlike other poets who usually use one of their poem’s titles as their book’s title, Anya said Kota ini Kembang Api was, in fact, part of her unnamed poem. “This happened after I read my manuscript and saw that I often explored darkness and light to describe setting or emotion in each poem,” she told The Jakarta Post via email. “I feel there are many ways to play with irony between light and darkness, and fireworks certainly represent this.”

Amba: The Question of Red by Laksmi Pamuntjak

Jan 27, 2017 / The Question of Red: A Novel
Named after a tragic figure in Indonesia’s and India’s shared mythology, Amba spends her lifetime trying to invent a story she can call her own. When she meets two suitors who fit perfectly into her ...

Critical Eleven by Ika Natassa

Jan 17, 2017 / Critical Eleven
This is an Indonesian novel but I will write my review in English. Basically, because I want to make my English better but if you are from Indonesia and hoping that I write this review in Indonesia too, just tell me in the comment below and I will try to write in dual languages.

Adinia Wirasti, Reza Rahadian Reunite as Couple in ‘Critical Eleven’

Dec 16, 2016 / Critical Eleven
Last year, actors Adinia Wirasti and Reza Rahadian star in a comedy "Kapan Kawin?," or "When Will You Get Married?," in which she plays a successful woman who hires a reluctant actor as her fiancee to avoid the pressure of being single at a family gathering. In "Critical Eleven," an upcoming adaptation of the novel by Ika Natassa, Adinia and Reza play Anya and Ale, a couple who are forced to live in a long distance marriage with Ale working on an oil rig in Mexico.