Goenawan Mohamad


He was born in Batang, Pekalongan (Jul 29, 1941), and currently lives in Jakarta

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An Indonesian poet and man of letters, Mohamad was a fierce critic of the Suharto regime which ruled Indonesia for much of the late 20th century. He founded ‘Tempo’ in Indonesia, a magazine which covers news and politics within the country, usually from a left wing perspective.

Mohamad writes a weekly column in ‘Tempo’ entitled ‘Sidelines’ in which he lambasts the current political order and the inanities of the media in Indonesia. This column has grown massively popular in Indonesia and has been compiled in book form in Sidelines. Mohamad’s radical and outspoken political views often occlude the quality of his poetic output, which has been widely lauded and is available in collections such as God and Unfinished Things and Once the Revolution No Longer Exists.1

Mohamad was one of the founders of the Lontar Foundation and is on the advisory boards of the human rights group ARTICLE 19 and the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict. He is an alumnus of the College of Europe 1966-1967 promotion.2

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In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays
Essay Collection
256 page(s), NewSouth
Tuhan & Hal-Hal yang Tak Selesai
(On God and Other Unfinished Things)
166 page(s), KataKita

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Singapore Writers Festival packs in crowds by Akshita Nanda - The Straits Times (Nov 10, 2015)
Rethinking Censorship in Indonesia by Tiffany Tsao - Sydney Review of Books (Nov 06, 2015)
Writing our way to freedom by Endy Bayuni - Jakarta Post (Nov 04, 2015)
Frankfurt Book Fair Officially Opened by Arif Zulkifli - Tempo English (Oct 14, 2015)
Lontar’s Modern Library of Indonesian Literature by Ron Witton - Indonesia Institute Blog (Jul 18, 2015)
Is Indonesia a “Land Without Readers?” by Dennis Abrams - Publishing Perspectives (Jun 05, 2015)
Editorial: 15 March 2010 by Sarah Ream - Poetry International Rotterdam (Mar 15, 2010)