9 Indonesian book translations to read on World Book Day

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Written by Devina Heriyanto, and was originally published in Jakarta Post,
Apr 23, 2020


In times when you literally cannot go anywhere beyond the confines of your house, reading has become a means of escapism for many people.

Speaking of reading, we will soon celebrate the annual World Book Day on April 23, which aims “to promote the enjoyment of books and reading”. According to UNESCO on its official website, the date was chosen during its General Conference, held in Paris in 1995 to pay tribute to several prominent authors who died on that date — William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, to name a few.

While some Indonesian authors such as Pramoedya Ananta Toer and YB Mangunwijaya are relatively well known by global readers, many works by contemporary writers are just beginning to gain traction as they have just been translated in recent years.

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