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Book / Novel — Women in Translation


by Leila S. Chudori
Translated by John H. McGlynn

Format: Paperback, English
500 page(s)
ISBN/ISBN13: 1941920101/978-1941920107
Published Oct 27, 2015 by Deep Vellum Publishing

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“An ambitious saga that intertwines narration from various generations and creates a wide-ranging picture of Indonesia.” —Publishers Weekly

An epic saga of “families and friends entangled in the cruel snare of history” (Time magazine), Home combines political repression and exile with a spicy mixture of love, family, and food, alternating between Paris and Jakarta in the time between Suharto’s 1965 rise to power and downfall in 1998, further illuminating Indonesia’s tragic twentieth-century history popularized by the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing.

Leila S. Chudori is Indonesia’s most prominent female journalist. Home is her debut novel and won Indonesia’s most important literary prize in 2013.

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Home is not only a story of personal and historical memories in a search for identity. It also shows that it is possible to change things, to give birth to a new humanity and a new Indonesia through lessons of the past.
Rossella Buri   in Indonesian Literature in Translation (NOW!Jakarta, Apr 22, 2017)
For authors such as Chudori who are now reconstructing this lost history there is a further complication: that of Pramoedya’s immense legacy.
Tash Aw   in That foreign substance (The original title was: Indonesia’s lost history) (Times Literary Supplement, Feb 03, 2016)
The novel stays grounded with nostalgic themes of food and love, anchoring the reader with mouthwatering detail and the intrigue of Romeo and Juliet–esque affairs
— in Home (Publishers Weekly, Oct 26, 2015)
A highly entertaining epic, with a plethora of historical stories to tell.
Tony Messenger   in Home – Leila S. Chudori (translated by John H. McGlynn) (Messengers Booker, Sep 30, 2015)

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