Lontar Foundation


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The Lontar Foundation, a not-for-profit organization based in Jakarta, Indonesia, was founded in 1987 by four Indonesian writers: Goenawan Mohamad, Sapardi Djoko Damono, Umar Kayam, and Subagio Sastrowardoyo and the American translator, John H. McGlynn.

In 2010, the Lontar Foundation published the Lontar Anthology of Indonesian Drama, the first anthology of Indonesian drama translated into English, featuring a diverse group of translators such as Harry Aveling, an authority on Indonesian and Malay literature, among others. In May 2011, the Lontar Foundation launched a new series of Indonesian literature translated into English called the Modern Library of Indonesia featuring works from the 1920s until the present, including authors such as Putu Wijaya and Dewi Lestari. According to Tempo, “[Lontar] has inarguably become Indonesia’s foremost literary foundation, and now has under its belt an impressive collection of translated literary works, from prose to poetry to drama.1

For more information, please contact

Head of Finance and Marketing, Mrs. Tuti Zairati (Tuti)
Office Address: Jl. Danau Laut Tawar A53, Pejompongan, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia 10210, Tel: +62-21-574-6880, Fax: +62-21-5720353

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Twilight in Jakarta
To Love, To Wonder: The Poetry of Sitor Situmorang
The Rape of Sukreni
The Longest Kiss
The Fall and the Heart
Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star
Sitti Nurbaya: A Love Unrealized
Out of Ubud – Selected Work by New Voices at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
Never the Twain
Menagerie 2
Lies, Loss, and Longing
Jazz, Perfume & the Incident
Fireflies in Manhattan
Family Room
Earth Dance
Before Dawn: The Poetry of Sapardi Djoko Damono
Anxiety Myths
Anggadi Tupa: Harvesting the Storm