Laksmi Pamuntjak


She was born in Jakarta (Dec 24, 1971), and currently lives in Jakarta

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An Indonesian poet, novelist and food writer.

She is the author of two collections of poetry, Ellipsis (2005) and The Anagram (2007), a treatise on violence and the Iliad entitled Perang, Langit dan Dua Perempuan (2006), short stories in The Diary of R.S.: Musings on Art (2006) and four editions of the bestselling Jakarta Good Food Guide.

She also translated and edited Goenawan Mohamad’s Selected Poems and On God and Other Unfinished Things and wrote the preface to Not a Muse: International Anthology of Women’s Poetry (2008). Co-founder of Aksara bookstore, Pamuntjak has also participated in numerous international literary events and festivals. Her poems and short stories have been published in several international journals.1

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  The Birdwoman’s Palate
364 page(s), AmazonCrossing
  BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016
350 page(s), Math Paper Press
  Aruna & Lidahnya
(Aruna dan Her Palate)
426 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  The Question of Red: A Novel
556 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Amba: Sebuah Novel
496 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  On God and Other Unfinished Things
162 page(s), KataKita

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What Media Say

Laksmi Pamuntjak: literary force of Indonesia talks of female ambiguity and “Asian literature” in the West (Jun 07, 2017)
The Lounge Chair Interview: 10 Questions with Laksmi Pamuntjak (Mar 24, 2017)
Laksmi Pamuntjak wins international award for female authors (Jun 03, 2016)
Laksmi Pamuntjak Touring Europe (Oct 26, 2015)
Worlds-Within-Worlds: A Testimonial (Jan 19, 2015)
Laksmi’s international musings frame the colour of Indonesian life (Mar 18, 2007)

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